Wild Harris

Hazel

Hazel 5 LCampbell.jpgHazel    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

Hazel is rare on Harris, only growing on a few sheltered crags and gullies where the soil is rich and well drained.  In the past Hazel nuts would have been an important food source for our ancestors.  Hazel was also important for thatching and for fencing.  If Hazel is regularly cut back it will re-shoot producing long straight branches that are idea for fencing.  This method of cutting hazel is called coppicing.

Hazel 3 LCampbell.jpgHazel    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

by Robin Reid

 

by Robin Reid