[ Gulstav forests]

Gulstav forests

East and West Gulstav are two small forests on the southern tip of the island of Langeland. These coppice forests (called stævningsskov" in Danish) have been regularly cut back so that the firewood and timber could be used by farmers. The Gulstav forests cover a total of 23 hectares. Since 1980, they have been state owned. In spring, the forest floor is carpeted by flowers. Unlike most other forests, however, nearly all the trees are small. Copses of ramrod straight metre-long hazel switches poke up out of the ground. Only at irregular intervals are large oak trees to be found, stretching up and casting shade on the thick undergrowth. When it's windy, the switches rattle together, making a terrible noise. "

Treestump gardens shoot up

  • Story written by: Bo Fritzbøger
  • Time / Periode -3950 1950

On Langeland, the coppice forests are called treestump gardens. These forests have also been called sprout forests" or "farmer forests". The Danish word "stævning" is almost the same as "styning", which refers to the regular pruning of the tops of willows and poplar trees. Coppice forests are the earliest known form of forestry in Denmark. The trees were pruned relatively close to the ground. Hazel, white hawthorn and oak are among the most common trees found in these forests. The Gulstav forests were in regular use until the mid-20th century, as most trees and bushes grow new shoots from their roots or tree stumps after pruning. Since the Stone Age, such forests have been a very effective source of firewood and small timber for farmers throughout Denmark. "

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