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The Ancient Hazel Project


The Ancient Hazel - About the project 

Saltburn is framed by woodland in the three steep sided coastal denes of Hazel Grove, Skelton Beck and Saltburn Gill. What many people don’t realise is that these woodlands make up a nationally significant area of ancient semi-natural woodland or replanted ancient woodlands. There have probably been woods in these valleys since the last ice age. 

The Saltburn Valleys CIO is running a one year project to get people to have a new look at the wooded valleys through the history and ecology of the hazel tree. The Saltburn Valleys once contained extensive hazel coppices which in byegone days played an important role in the local economy from lobsterpots, to baskets for coal mines, to baking bread.  Hazel is also a tree associated with magic and mythology.

The Ancient Hazel project will be delivered with the help of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and supported by funding from National Lottery Players through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Activities will include everything from coppicing events, spring flower walks, creative writing in the woods, hazel magic for children, hazel planting, fungi in the woods, working with hazel, lobster pots and more.

Page updated November 2019