Two years ago we planted over a hundred new trees on the edge of our meadow
There has been much debate recently about these plastic tubes. Keith Powell of Stump up for Trees
has an interesting piece in a recent edition of The Land
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
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
was able to supply us with some well grown field maple whips
They went in today
and being taller than the damaged stock
are worthy of a celebratory roll in the grass