The hazel coppice was planted in 2003 using single stemmed plants.
After allowing them to grow into large multi-stemmed bushes, they
are now being coppiced on a seven year cycle. Each year a limited
number of bushes will be cut down to within a few inches of ground
level. The resulting stools will regenerate from dorment buds
on the remaining stumps or from below ground level, as seen in
the photograph above. The cut stems are being used for fencing,
bean poles and pea sticks.
Traditional uses for hazel stems include the once common 'wattle-and-daub'
walling, sheep hurdles, thatching spars, clothes props, tool handles
and walking sticks. The wood can also be used to produce high
quality charcoal for drawing and barbecues. Large mixed hazel
coppices are also the natural habitat of dormice - we live in