Beanpoles and pea sticks from the local woods

Lower Woods is an ancient woodland that we’re lucky enough to live very close to. It’s got a vast amount of hazel coppice, and the woodsman sells the winter’s coppice products to gardeners.

Woodland products are available to buy all year round, but last weekend (11/12 April) were the ‘official’ spring sales.

Bamboo canes are perfectly adequate for supporting climbing beans and netting is fine for peas to clamber up. But it feels good to buy local products, hazel poles and branches look much more attractive and they may do better to withstand the winds we get up here.

It’s also a lovely shopping experience, and the woodsman delivered my purchases straight to the allotment for free!

Bean poles and pea stick sales at Lower Woods

Bean poles and pea stick sales at Lower Woods

The resident Jack Russels lazing in the sunshine

The resident Jack Russels lazing in the sunshine

While we were there, Miss MBaF and I took the dog for a walk – it’s his absolute favourite place in the world!

It was great to see the garlic in lush leaf, the bluebells and blackthorn starting to flower and the primroses, wood anemones and cowslips in bloom.

Wild garlic galore

Wild garlic galore

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Blackthorn blossom

Blackthorn blossom

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