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Trees & Woodland

Bluebells and ash coppice stool

Bluebells and ash coppice stool in Chester Wood, April

We are very lucky to own a very small piece of semi-natural ancient woodland called Chester Wood. At just over 0.5 of  a hectare, it’s not much more than a really wide hedge that follows the line of an old parish boundary. Despite its size, it has some huge ash coppice stools, a few beautifully senile English oaks and in spring a carpet of blue bells, dog’s mercury and ransoms.

Cutting hazel in January 2010

Cutting hazel in January 2010

In 1999 we planted 3 hectares of new woodland, right next to Chester Wood. Named ‘Bottoms’ Corner’ after Jane’s Mum, this has a large proportion of hazel which we started to coppice  in 2003.


We have been cutting small areas each winter and now sell hazel sticks into a variety of markets.

There’s more information about our woodland here

and about some hazel products here

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