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The coppiced hazel is used throughout the garden to make various types of plant supports for beans, sweetpeas, arches,fences and small hurdles for the front of the herbaceous borders. We use 2-3 year-old wood so we coppice roughly one third of our hazel crowns every January/February. We use a strong pair of ratchet loppers to cut the material back to within 6-9 inches of the crown. The traditional billhook is fine but not as easy or as clean as the loppers The Nuttery

Unlike the superb heavy duty wattle fences, we tend to make a simplified fence out of two year old wood. The thicker 10-12mm wood is used first at the bottom to tie in the uprights, about 3 is sufficient. Then we weave the smaller material in 3 at a time. As you go up every 2 inches just tap the weave down with a thick piece of wood...this will keep a nice tight fence. All the hazel gets used, nothing is wasted. Just before you achieve the final height, weave in 3 or 4 thicker pieces again to secure a nice tight fitting fence. The following photos show how we achieve this..

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In January we cut all the hazel and make our fences and plant supports

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All the hazel is cut back to 6-9 inches of last years growth.

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Remove everything and tidy up the crowns removing ivy etc

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This is a two year crown which will be ready for cutting next January

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Use a strong pair of ratchet loppers with the blade always cutting from the top side

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A late winters eve finishing a plant support