Known by some as "Gadget wood" this has to be such a welcome sight in any woodland.
Its broad rounded serrated leaves should be familiar to most hedgerows and if you don't know its leaves you must know its nuts. A welcome snack if you can get to them before the birds, mice and squirrels.Only just qualifying as a tree, its base or "stool" grows a multitude of stems which if regularly coppiced can keep you supplied for most of your needs for a lifetime.
An important part of any ecosystem, but of particular interest in Devon where it is known to be home to Dormice, lichens and fungus.
As well as its nuts there are uses for most parts of the tree including.........