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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:52 pm    Post subject: Preservation of Hazel Trees??? Reply with quote

Is Hazel a protected tree?

Are there any specific laws which could keep Hazel from being cut down or uprooted?

There has been an unapproved clearance of hazel near where I live and the developer is eager to quarry rock from the site and has begun clearance of quite a large area of hazel without permission. It has since been stopped by local protests and a court injunction but I need to know if there is anything about hazel trees that could be to our advantage in preserving what is left?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Preservation of Hazel Trees??? Reply with quote

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vodax wrote:
Is Hazel a protected tree?

Are there any specific laws which could keep Hazel from being cut down or uprooted?


Possibly, depends on how they are interpreted.
See here...
Tree laws in Ireland-- Legal requirements for tree felling.
and
Hedge laws in Ireland, Legal requirements for hedge cutting.

vodax wrote:

but I need to know if there is anything about hazel trees that could be to our advantage in preserving what is left?


The many mosses, liverworts and lichens its mature trunks eventually support, not to mention the insects, which look forward to its spring flowers.

It is estimated that the Hazel in Ireland provides support in the form of habitation and food for 73 different insect species.

The hazel nuts, green at first, turning light brown in autumn, are not just for us hungry humans. They are also an important food source for mice, pigeons, and pheasants, who while eating many of the fruits, will also disperse or overlook a lucky few nuts which go on to produce new hazel plants the following spring.

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