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Trees (Native British)

30 31 Hazel was one of the first trees to grow in these islands soon after the last ice age. A common component of hedgerows, it tolerates shade well and often occurs beneath timber trees in Oak and Ash woods. On good soil Hazel can grow into a 35 broadcrowned tree but has been almost universally coppiced to produce its thin flexible rods that have been woven into a variety of products useful to man. Interestingly, hazel products last much longer when made from rods cut in the winter when the sap is down. It is striking in February when covered in lambs tail catkins that eventually form into delicious nuts usually stripped by the grey squirrels before they ripen. The best water divining rods are of hazel and larger wood makes fine charcoal and bright firewood. HAzEl Corylus avellana
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