Bean poles

Bean poles with beans

£15 for a bundle of 11 (5 pairs and a cross-support).

Hazel bean poles are a great, local, sustainable, low-carbon alternative to bamboo canes.

They are typically straight-ish rods (some people prefer a curve to them) about 2 inches (2.5-5cm) in diameter at the base and from 8-12 feet (2.4-3.6m) long and are used as supports for growing beans or other climbers. They are much more substantial than bamboo canes and the rough bark and occasional bud gives something for the beans to cling to.

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National Beanpole Week

National Beanpole Week is an annual event held by the Small Woods Association to celebrate Britain's coppiced woodlands, the animals and plants that live in them, the coppice workers who look after them and the beanpoles and other coppice wood products they produce.

By switching to British-grown coppiced bean poles, gardeners and growers will be doing their bit to support the environment, wildlife, ancient skills and traditions - and their beans.

Join in and do your bit to secure the future of Britain's coppiced woodlands and switch to locally grown, eco-friendly coppiced bean poles instead of imported bamboo canes.

The right bean pole for you

The right bean pole is a mixture of personal taste, site conditions and the beans you are growing.

Beans and Beanpoles
Beans and Bean poles

If you are gardening on an exposed site with the wind howling through, then you will probably want relatively short and heavy poles to keep your beans upright.

If you're growing the biggest most vigourous beans you can find then you'll want 12' (3.6m) bean poles to give them somewhere to go. (12' bean poles may be best erected at a lower angle, giving an X-shaped profile, rather than A-shaped. That way you can still reach to the ones at the top!)

If your site is nice and sheltered and your beans are of the normal kind and you don't fancy lifting heavy bundles of sticks around then the more slender poles are what you need.

Part of what makes a bean pole a bean pole - as opposed to a rod that will end up in a hurdle or some other structure - is that it will be a bit knobbly and rustic, but there are grades of "rusticity" with some people preferring regimentally straight poles while others take pleasure in the extra twists and kinks and honeysuckle binding. The choice is yours.

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