Gardeners Urged to Support Woodlands by Buying British Beanpoles

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Gardeners Urged to Support Woodlands by Buying British Beanpoles

-          Toby Buckland backs campaign for British coppiced beanpoles

-          National Beanpole Week 2011 (13 April-21 April) events programme launched

 

Organisers of National Beanpole Week 2011 today called on the nation’s gardeners to support Britain’s woodlands, and their beans, by switching to British coppiced beanpoles.

Britain lost around 90% of its coppiced woodland during the 20th century – over 500,000 acres. Gardeners can help reverse this terrible decline by choosing British coppiced beanpoles.

“I use British coppiced beanpoles and pea sticks because they provide excellent support for beans, dahlias and other plants, and also because they look really good in the garden,” said gardening expert and broadcaster Toby Buckland, who is backing National Beanpole Week’s campaign for British beanpoles.

“When you choose British grown coppiced beanpoles, you make the right choice for our native woodlands, local jobs, wildlife and the environment. You also make the right choice for your garden because coppiced beanpoles are so easy and pleasurable to work with, and provide plants with all the grip and support they need,” he added.

This year’s National Beanpole Week is being held from 23 April until 1 May (see www.beanpoles.org.uk for full details) and includes a whole host of special events, from coppice wood gardening workshops to a beanpole fayre.

“National Beanpole Week offers something for everyone, so we look forward to seeing a great turnout of people who want to find out about coppicing, and support our native woodlands and their beans,” said Event Director Richard Thomason, from the Small Woods Association, at the launch of this year’s events programme.

“And in this age of economic crisis, it shouldn’t be forgotten that you’ll also be supporting rural jobs when you switch to British coppiced beanpoles. Our coppiced woodlands provide employment for over 500 coppice workers,” he added.

Coppiced beanpoles are harvested in rotation, ensuring a continual supply of eco-friendly wood and creating a rich patchwork habitat for all kinds of animals and plants, from dormice to orchids.

After coppiced trees have been harvested for beanpoles, they regrow before being cut again. This growing and harvesting cycle is ongoing and can continue on the same trees for many hundreds of years. Coppicing usually extends the life of trees, with the oldest woodland trees often being those that have been coppiced.

For more information about National Beanpole Week 2011 and coppicing, or to find out where you can buy coppiced beanpoles and other coppice wood products, please visit www.beanpoles.org.uk or telephone the Small Woods Association on 01952 432769.

ENDS

Contact for media information, interviews and photos:
- Richard Thomason, Event Director, National Beanpole Week 2011 – E-mail:groundsforconservation@hotmail.com  / Mob: 07964 934556

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