Dutch Elm Disease
The Harelaw cottages are set in 2 acre grounds which were originally semi-ancient Elm woodland with a smattering of ancient Oaks, Ash, Wild cherries, Yews and Hollies with an under-story of elder, hawthorn and dog rose. Adjacent to the drive runs a small seasonal stream which has been left wild along much of its length. In the late 1980’s Dutch elm disease hit the valley,

and when Harelaw was purchased only the ghostly white dead trunks remained. Taking this as a positive, the loss of the matures elms gave us the scope to create diverse habitats of native and non native species. Habitat creation works including the following;