This area is used to grow filberts and hazel nuts and spring flowering plants.
Cobnuts & filberts, cultivated varieties of hazel, have been grown for centuries. Spring in the Nuttery sees the filberts bedecked with catkins. At this time of year the filberts were struck lightly with a stick to release the pollen from the catkins to pollinate the tiny, brush-like female flowers (nutkins).
Orchards of old were dug over in the winter to kill weeds and control the larvae of the nut weevil. It has now been found that planting the Nuttery with grass and wild flowers such as primrose, cowslip and snakes’ head fritillaries creates an ecologically balanced environment in which the nuts thrive.
|Botanical name||Common name|
|Corylus avellana ‘Cosford Cobnut’||Hazelnut, Cob|
|Corylus maxima ‘Red Filbert’||Filbert nut|
|Corylus maxima ‘White Filbert’||White filbert|
|Fritillaria meleagris||Snakes head fritillary|