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Hazel

Wood Anemone and Hazel Coppice

Records of coppiced Hazel use date back to more than 4000 years. Possibly a reason its vigour and longevity is so dependant on cyclic coppicing.

The Hazel coppice cycle is usually shorter than that for Sweet Chestnut being between four and 10 years depending on what the material was needed for. Shorter cycles producing more rods per stool of a thinner diameter, suitable for weaving, hedgelaying binders, walking sticks, beanpoles, etc... Longer cycles tend to result in fewer rods per stool, with a number of a larger diameter, suitable for decent stakes, charcoal, and firewood, but with a some  smaller rods suitable for the purposes detailed above.Snow covered Hazel coppice

After cutting the branches are removed (threading out) and the poles put aside to be processed into the various products, their size and quality determines. The branches (referred to as brash) are piled up butts together as this makes the material easier to handle if pea sticks or faggots are requested. Little of the Hazel is wasted, if at all possible. If the brash is not needed, it remains in the wood to be useful habitat, before it rots down.

Processing coppiced Hazel

 

 

Product List and Specification 

 

Hurdle Material:-

Splitting Rods - .5"-.75" X 8'-10' - £0.75p each - £700/1000

Round Rods suitable for Zales - - £0.90p each - £ 850/1000

Thatching Material:-

Spars - pointed 29" X 0.5" straight - £200/1000

Gads - 30" - £250/1000

Hedge Laying Material:-

Stakes 5'6" - 6' Pointed - £1.10p each £985/1000

Binders 0.5"-0.75" X 12'-15' £0.85p each - £800/1000

Peasticks:-

Fan shaped Hazel branches 3ft - 4ft high,long considered the ideal natural support for Peas.

£3 per bundle of 10

Beansticks:-

Hazel Beansticks

Used to support any climbing bean/sweet pea. Traditionally sold in packs of 11 to facilitate a runner bean frame. Now tend to sell as asked for, hence priced individually.

 

 

 

 0.75"-1.25" X 7'6"-9' -  90p each

Faggots:-

 Faggot in a clamp

Originally these were made from any branch/hedgerow material, species and their  use varied depending on the region. However they were primarily used to fuel bakers ovens, to keep material such as straw off the ground, create paths in marshy areas, and shore up river banks (In some counties they were pulled through chimneys to clean them). These would have varied greatly in length and width throughout the UK.Large Pile of Hazel Faggots

Currently they are used mainly for river bank restoration, with the Environment Agency specification acting as the basis for costing. A smaller faggot will cost less ( POA).

 EA Specification Faggot:-

2.0 metre X 0.4 metre - £9.50 each 

Thumbsticks:- 

Hazel Thumbstick

Made from coppiced Hazel with bark on and a natural fork. Treated with Linseed oil, and fitted with a protective end cap (ferrule). Lengths are customised to your needs, so please state length required when ordering.

Thumbstick :- £22.50 each 

 

Closely Woven Fencing:-

This is often an alternative to fitting hurdles, especially where the ground undulates. The technique is similar, although my personalClosely Woven Fence Image preference is to use thinner Hazel material, as this negates the need to split it and, I think, looks better.

Material can be supplied for DIY or I can supply and build the fence if required. POA 

Please feel free to contact me regarding any of the products listed and /or to discuss how Hazel material can fit into your own idea's. 

 

 

 

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