The two types of nut grown are the common hazel nut (Corylus Avellana) and whilst the name of ‘hazel nuts’ applies to all nuts in the family – the ones from this tree are actually cob nuts.
The other species is the Filbert (Corylus maxima) which produces a longer and more elongated nut.
A growing colony
Helping to pollinate all the plants, fruit and vegetables in our garden are our bees. They, and one of the hives in our wildflower meadow, were purchased as part of the BBC’s ‘Bee Part of it’ campaign which aims to help save the declining population UK of honey bee.
We were given another hive by a retiring member of staff and another two hives in the field belong to a local beekeeper.
We sell our own honey in the shop when it is available.