Pollards are trees which are cut above the head height of browsing animals and are frequently seen in historic parkland where deer, cattle or sheep graze beneath. However, in the Blean such pollards marked ownership boundaries and served as cant or compartment markers.
Trees were often cut at around three feet, shorter and much easier to cut than traditional pollards. Locally some woodsmen refer to these as “coppards” being something between a pollard and a coppice stool. These pollards and “coppards” were important signposts for the woodsmen and they knew which cant they were to cut. Some of these veteran trees remain and are now themselves historical monuments.