Coppicing hazel for hedging stakes and binders, Leighton Buzzard
With lots of hedgelaying on order, I cut 1600 stakes and 1600 binders for the start of the hedgelaying season. This year the hazel produced masses of hazelnuts; I picked about two washing up bowls full.
Hazel coppice ready for its first cut
Just behind the stacked hazel stakes is one year old hazel regrowth
Young ash left to grow on as a tree. To the left, brush covers the freshly cut stools to deter browsing deer and to the right are the bundled stakes and binders