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Event Details

The Lost Art of Coppicing and Pollarding

Date: October 14, 2019
Location: Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA, UNITED STATES
Organizer: Robert Wells
Description: William will assist us in understanding what coppicing and pollarding are, why this arboricultural practice is so important to the preservation of trees, and how it differs from the much discouraged practice of “topping.” Once people around the globe did not simply live beside or under trees, they lived with them, taking from them and giving to them. People cut them back and they sprouted again. Whole woodlands were cut near the ground (coppiced), or cut at about six feet tall (pollarded). Surprisingly, this was not an exploitative but a cooperative relationship. Proper human care for the woodlands increased their diversity and promoted the numbers and kinds of insects, birds, and other
creatures who lived among the trees and the open understory vegetation. The trees themselves lived longer. In return, the trees gave people wood, fodder, medicines, foods, rope, clothes, and ships, as well as beauty, fresh air, and cooling shade. Whole cultures were built around such woods. This talk evokes that ancient world, not as an idyll of the past, but as a model for a future, active relationship with our trees.
This course carries 6.5 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=3, P=2.5, M=1).
Contact Name: Robert Wells
Contact Phone: 215-247-5777 ext. 125

Registration: Required
Seats Available: 45
CEUs available: Yes

Start Date: 9:00 AM, October 14, 2019
End Date: 4:00 PM, October 14, 2019

Address: Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Ave.
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