Hazel harvesting at Whithorn

Students from SRUC at Auchincruive joined the Whithorn Trust volunteers and staff, with their lecturers, to harvest the hazel
Students from SRUC at Auchincruive joined the Whithorn Trust volunteers and staff, with their lecturers, to harvest the hazel

Whithorn Trust are pleased to report that work has begun in earnest on the Whithorn Iron Age roundhouse, due to start full construction in summer 2016.

The roundhouse is to be an authentic replica of the house excavated in 2015 and which dates to approximately the mid 5th Century BC; it has so far received significant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and SSE Community Fund.

Trust spokesperson Julia Muir Watt said: “The Trust was fortunate enough to locate a large area of ancient woodland containing hazel trees, which provide the straight rods or zales, which were found to make up the floor panels and the wattle walls of the roundhouse. New panels will be woven by craftsmen and volunteers during the forthcoming Iron Age construction project.

“Students from SRUC at Auchincruive joined the Whithorn Trust volunteers and staff, with their lecturers, and spent a day learning how to harvest the hazel rods. Forestry staff provided a background on the rarity of the ancient woodland and the rich habitat for flora, birds and other wildlife. The Trust is extremely grateful for the students’ help for this labour intensive process and having forged links with SRUC, now hopes that the students will join in the building of the roundhouse at Whithorn.”