It seems hazel-ish to me too, but the buds are different and that is what is confusing me, I went out today again and got some twigs to compare, the hazel buds (top) are blunt and red-green like it says on the blog site, but the others are brown and pointed. Could it still be Hazel just a different variety or something? :S
that comparison ceratinly makes it a lot clearer, thank you.
You were right in your original post, it is Elm, the Wych Elm, Ulmus glabra. If you compare it to this pic and the pics from this site the hairy twigs, pointed buds and zig-zag bud arrangement all match nicely.