Hazel (Year 5)
Each class at Drybrook Primary is named after a tree natively found in the Forest of Dean. Hazel class is home to Year 5. In the birch family, Hazel is a genus of trees and shrubs, just like Hazel students are in the Drybrook family. Hazel is widely distributed throughout much of Europe, from Britain and Scandinavia eastwards to the Ural Mountains in Russia, and as far south as Spain, Italy and Greece. It also occurs in Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Iran and the Caucasus region, this just shows all the many paths which we know our students can take in their life, and we will always encourage them to accomplish their dreams!
Here are some fun facts about Hazel Trees:
- They have edible nuts
- The term hazel comes from the medium-brown shade of the acornlike nuts that lie in leafy cups at the end of the short branches
- Hazel is associated with wisdom and inspiration. This sacred tree is said to be cloaked in powerful magic which can imbue those who eat its fruit.
- Hazel is a tremendous wildlife resource
- Hazelwood is prized for the durability and high elasticity its wood, traditionally used for wattle, walking sticks, woven fencing and baskets