I'm going along to National Beanpole Week's grand launch at the Green
Wood Centre near Ironbridge, Shropshire on Sat 19th April - 11am-4pm (a
celebration of British coppiced woodland which is going to encourage us
to use hazel beanpoles and other coppicewood products more in the
Gardening groups, etc., are running smaller events across the country -
more info on http://www.greenwoodcentre.org.uk or phone 01952 432769).
When I'm there, I want to find out more about using British coppiced
beanpoles and other coppicewood products in the garden (and hopefully
the live music and pig roast will be good too!).
I always thought bamboo was best for beanpoles. Then I got reading and
learnt how 90% of our coppiced woodland has disappeared over the last
100 years - and how that's bad news because this woodland provides a
local, eco-friendly, sustainable source of wood, provides jobs,
provides an amazing habitat for wood violets, primroses, nightingales
and warblers, and keeps loads of our ancient traditions alive.
And by using hazel coppicewood beanpoles, we can help prevent our
coppiced woodlands disappearing altogether. So coppice beanpoles sound
like a good idea for the environment, etc.
However, I haven't actually met anyone who has used hazel coppicewood
beanpoles made or similar, although Monty Don says he's really
supportive of coppiced wood products. Also, I saw on the web that they
give better grip than bamboo to runner beans. Do any of you have any
experience or tips with coppicedwood beanpoles you're able to share
with me as I'm planning to buy some at the event.