Families enjoy coppicing day at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

The working party at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton
The working party at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton
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A FAMILY coppicing work party cleared an enormous area of woodland and a large stew last Wednesday.

More than 40 people of all ages turned up at Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton to spend a day cutting and burning wood to promote new growth.

Former warden Martin Aspinall of Priory Road, Stamford, came out of retirement for the day to lead the working party which included reserve manager Tim Appleton.

Mr Aspinall retired from the reserve in September but decided to keep running the coppicing event each year.

He said: “I think it’s the largest area we have ever cleared in a year.

“I really enjoyed being back for a day. I made a big pot of lamb and rabbit stew and for the first time ever I didn’t have any left overs.

“The pot was wiped out with bread.”