Records of coppiced Hazel use date
back to more than 4000 years. Possibly a reason its vigour and longevity is so dependant on cyclic
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.
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.
Product List and
Splitting Rods - .5"-.75" X 8'-10' - £0.75p each
Round Rods suitable for Zales - - £0.90p each
- £ 850/1000
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
Fan shaped Hazel branches 3ft - 4ft high,long considered the ideal
natural support for Peas.
£3 per bundle of 10
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
0.75"-1.25" X 7'6"-9' - 90p each
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
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
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
personal 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.