Hugel Hazel Beds
To make these beds, we used locally coppiced hazel (a traditional, sustainable, woodland management practice which supports many flowers and wildlife, and greatly lengthens the trees’ lifespan — some ‘stools’ are a thousand years old!). We de-barked the buried section of the upright poles to make them last longer; then wove the hazel to the desired height before filling the bed with layers of branches, upturned turf and compost materials.
Wood such as in the picture may be harvested many times, over generations, providing a sustainable livelihood for craft and Coppice workers.
Totally green, untreated, and sustainable raised beds.