We are grateful for the continuing worldwide popularity of cricket! In 2016 we harvested some of the Cricket Bat Willows growing along the River Gade. New willow sets were planted to replace the felled trees in January.
Last year we undertook the first thinning of two one hectare (2 ½ acre) of the blocks of woodland planted on arable land in 1990. This was a “line thinning”, taking out every third row of trees. We plan to do the remaining block in 2017. We are also intending to harvest some more of the mature oak trees in Big Wood. Three years ago we suffered from bad wind-throw in a sub-compartment in Big Wood and this month the fallen trees and stumps are being cleared, ready for re-planting next winter.