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Commercial Potential
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The figures in this document are open to comment from all sources.)

Hazel coppice has great economic potential. The identified need is for quality commercial hazel coppice. One method to identify potential financial return is to base the value on one of the main products, hurdles. Jonathan Howe has classified hazel coppice into four grades. Grading coppice was based on three main factors:

-  Stool Density, usually between 400-800 stools per acre.
- Number of rods per stool which can be as many as 60+.
- Quality of the rods - minimum of 7 ft straight lengths up to 10 - 15 ft.

Grade 1 12,000 plus rods per acre with a yield of over 75% usable over waste should produce 1800 ft of hurdle
Grade 2 8,000 plus rods per acre with a yield of over 60% usable over waste should produce 1200 ft of hurdle
Grade 3 4,000 plus rods per acre with a yield of over 50% usable over waste should produce 600 ft of hurdle
Grade 4 Less than 4,000 plus rods per acre with a yield of less than 40% usable rods
  Value per acre Feet of hurdle Value / foot
Grade 1 £9000 1800 £5
Grade 2 £6000 1200 £5
Grade 3 £3000 600 £5

Grade 1 hazel coppice has the ability to provide £9,000 worth per acre, of hurdle alone. Other products can be made from the ‘waste’ which adds further value. Another method of accessing financial potential is to value the rods cut from the stool before additional value is added by turning them into other products. The average value determined for a single stool is £12 with the maximum being £18. There is a need for more investigation of these values.

Value of Stool (£)
  6 8 10 12 14 16 18
400 2400 3200 4000 4800 5600 6400 7200
450 2700 3600 4500 5400 6300 7200 8100
Stool 500 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 8000 9000
Density 550 3300 4400 5500 6600 7700 8800 9900
per Acre 600 3600 4800 6000 7200 8400 9600 10800
650 3900 5200 6500 7800 9100 10400 11700
700 4200 5600 7000 8400 9800 11200 12600
750 4500 6000 7500 9000 10500 12000 13500
800 4800 6400 8000 9600 11200 12800 14400

Figure 1
The higher the stool density the more likely the rods are to be longer and straighter and therefore of higher value. Harvesting of coppice with a high stool density is also more cost effective as less waste needs to be sorted and removed.

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