Three little trees

I had my two hazel trees and the yew* sent to my parents’, not being sure how big they would be and therefore how inconvenient it might be for my neighbours to accept delivery.

In the event, I needn’t have worried because they are quite petite. Not that they will stay that way, as the leaflet which came with them reminds me. However, I was reassured that a half metre gap between trees as part of a hedge was sufficient. So, they will slot in nicely.

More as a by-the-by, here is a short video about Martin Crawford’s forest garden in Devon. It looks wonderful – and one day I hope to visit but, in the meantime, I shall rejoice in my own forest garden, albeit a much smaller one.

* Purchased from the Woodland Trust, whose aim is to plant 64 million trees by 2025. I’ve just learned that there are plans for a Northern Forest to stretch the length of the M62 (from Liverpool to Hull), so the hazels and yew are a small contribution to this scheme.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to Three little trees

  1. Carol Anne says:

    awesome! enjoy them!

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I have lots of hazels but had not thought of planting a yew – one to think about, thank you.

  3. Ah! Young trees for your woodland garden. Such a nice addition to your growing and changing landscape.

  4. I have purchased trees from Woodland trust and they were small but had a good root system and have grown well, I bought 3 of the tree packs in around 2011, so I hope yours grow well too, a woodland corridor for the M62 sounds brillant, Frances

    • Helen says:

      Good to hear you’ve had success with your Woodland Trust trees. Which trees were in your packs? And how tall are they now?

      • hello Helen, I had to sort out the order, I bought:
        Fruit & nut tree mix: Hazel, Blackthorn, Crab apple, and Rowan,
        Preserve mix: Elder, Rowan, Crab apple and Hawthorn,
        Scottish mix: Scots pine, Rowan, Downy birch and Juniper,
        remember that my cilmate is very different to yours and my soil is mostly peaty wet, low nutriant soil, I add compost and sometimes some chicken poo pellets to the planting hole and put newspaper around them with a mulch of whatever I have,
        as you may have gathered the winds here are mine, the plants and animals biggest problem,
        they are all growing well, except, 2 Rowans which were blasted with 130mph winds in Jan 2015 and again in Jan 2016, they are slowly recovering, the Downey birch next to them came through fine, the Juniper was killed by the same winds in Jan 2015,
        one Crab apple is a bit crowded I need to move it or the other plants, I Tree Followed the other Crab apple in 2015, I have also got a cutting growing from the Elderberry,
        my best are the Scots Pine and Hazel, Scots pine are not known for doing well on the islands as they don’t like strong winds, and this is the first Hazel I have had success with, no nuts yet but I have noticed plants seem to take quite a long time before they produce flowers and fruit in my exposed garden, yours should grow much faster and produce earlier. Frances

        • Helen says:

          Thank you for your thorough reply, Frances. Wind is a potential problem in my garden, as is the shallowness of the soil. However, overall my trees here should have a slightly more comfortable environment. Anyway, time will tell. I hope those of yours that remain will continue to thrive.

  5. Planting trees is always a good thing to do – you’ve got me thinking about it again now…

  6. I only learned about the yew tree a week or so ago, when we visited Rosslyn Chapel! I love that you’re planting more. ❤️🦋🌀☘️😉

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