Trees add structure and drama to a garden, and native trees bring much needed colour which changes with the seasons.
Native trees will benefit local ecosystems, providing food and shelter for many species of birds, mammals and insects. They're low maintenance, thriving naturally in favourable conditions and being native can cope with our rainfall.
Environmentally, native trees help combat global warming by using carbon dioxide and also help protect from flooding by preventing soil erosion, reducing surface run off and slowing large floods - two of the most important environmental considerations at present!
A large, spreading deciduous shrub, the common hazel is one of our most-loved nut trees, with yellow catkins in spring followed by its edible nuts in autumn.
Its rounded leaves turn yellow in autumn and are a food source for many species of butterfly, while the nuts are enjoyed by many mammals and birds - including us!
Hazel wood is very supple when young and has been used in the past as thatching spars, fencing and furniture.
It is an important tree in forestry management whereby it is coppiced - a traditional way to produce useful wooden stakes and poles, using the ability of hazel to naturally regenerate from the cut base.
Coppicing involves cutting stems down to the ground which encourages the plant to send up vigorous new shoots.
This young tree has been grown in the UK from UK-sourced seed and is supplied as a plug-grown sapling 20-40cm from end to end, ready for immediate planting.
This young tree has been grown in the UK from UK-sourced seed and is supplied as a large plug tree 20-40cm from end to end, ready for immediate planting. Trees are deciduous and supplied dormant, so no leaves October - April.