Once Bitten, Twice As High

Two years ago we planted over a hundred new trees on the edge of our meadow

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We bought them as plugs from The Woodland Trust and dutifully used the canes and plastic tubes that came as part of the packs.

There has been much debate recently about these plastic tubes. Keith Powell of Stump up for Trees

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has an interesting piece in a recent edition of The Land

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about he he recently planted 120,00 trees in Wales without them.

We only see the very occasional rabbit and the tubes did seem to be inhibiting leaf growth as well as providing an ideal micro-climate for grass growth.

So last Autumn we removed the tubes…

…and then one morning recently we found rabbits had nipped off fifteen of the young trees

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Now removed, we will keep these deformed stumps which should grow into hedging material.

Although we are close to the end of bare root reason out local Nursery

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was able to supply us with some well grown field maple whips

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They went in today

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and being taller than the damaged stock

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are worthy of a celebratory roll in the grass

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