Hazel coppice and bees

The bees are kept by our friends Sam and Mick. They moved them here from their original base across town as there is more space and forage for them here. I know very little about bee-keeping so won’t try to write about it.

Well hidden bee hives

Well hidden bee hives

The hazel hedge was planted in about 2009. Its purpose is partly to separate the orchard from the bees and working space, and also to provide coppiced sticks for the vegetable plots. The plan is that each winter, every fifth tree is cut to the ground. This was first done in the winter of 2012-13 and yielded a small set of bean poles. If the squirrels don’t get them first, it should also provide a small harvest of hazel nuts.

Bean poles ready for use

Bean poles ready for use

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