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National beanpole celebration (10th April 2012)

The Green Wood Centre in Coalbrookdale will be celebrating the final day of National Beanpole Week on Sunday 29 April with activities, craft demonstrations, gardening and craft stalls, a barbecue and competitions.

National Beanpole Week promotes the use of locally grown hazel poles rather than imported bamboo sticks, which travel thousands of miles.

The event, with free entry, will be open from 11am until 4pm, and will showcase examples of woodland products made by coppice workers, including rustic chairs, benches, hurdles and beanpoles.

Green wood workers will be demonstrating traditional craft techniques and offering visitors the opportunity to have a go at using a foot powered pole lathe to create rounders bats, rolling pins and wooden spoons.

Polly Cherry, owner of Cherry’s Real Food Café on-site says: “Buying native wood bean poles is a really easy way for gardeners to support local industry and minimise the effects of importing bamboo sticks.

“The Café is offering a meal for two as prize for the guess the height of the bean pole competition that will be running all week.”

A raffle will also take place to win a large bag of hard wood logs.

Beanpoles will be sold all week by the coppice workers who have harvested them locally. Gardeners can choose eight feet hazel rods for growing beans, which will cost £8 for ten. Four feet pea sticks will also be for sale costing £4 for ten.

Cherry’s Café will be open throughout the event for drinks, cake, light lunches and will also be barbecuing under an awning.  “There’s plenty of undercover space here, so it’ll be a fun day out come rain or shine,” adds Polly.