Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tree planting.

Over the past two weeks, incorporating 3 volunteer sessions, we have planted 1000 trees in the furthest field to make a community woodland, with the kind assistance of The Conservation Volunteers. Planting a woodland is a big investment in the future, taking many years to reach maturity, so we hope this investment will remain a community woodland on a community farm for generations to come.

Most of the trees are native species, including goat willow, elder, hawthorn, blackthorn, oak, beech and rowan, while we have also included a few introduced species such as sweet chestnut for the nuts, and Italian alder for its fast-growing wind-break properties. Each tree has a biodegradable rabbit-guard and stake, to protect from rabbits (we have plenty) and wind (ditto!).

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