I found a book called `Trees and Woodland in the British landscape` by Oliver Rackham. Lots of interesting detail about how woods were managed. And the difference between `wood` (small stuff) and `timber` (big stuff) He claims that coppicing was seldom done in Ireland. I was wondering why? I assume that the landowners knew about it. There was political distubances,of course, but the english landowners would have known too. Or maybe the forests went in the Neolithic? (But we know from things like the Sweet track that people back then managed their woods) Or, since peat was a common fuel, they didnt need coppiced wood, only timber plantations. What do you know?