Three slightly bigger trees

I got a timely reminder from The Woodland Trust the other day about looking after my two hazels and the yew tree I bought back in February.

This is what they looked like before I cut away as much of the surrounding growth as I could:

Somewhere in here is a hazel tree. It is doing well in spite of being submerged by phacelia.

The second hazel is hidden by more phacelia and nettles. It is also doing well.

The yew is developing side branches but until I noticed these I had been concerned. With it being evergreen it’s harder to see progress.

Phacelia is a fabulous green manure – or rather source of biomass for the compost heap. I doubt actually it would have done any harm to the trees but I was glad that I took some of it out. Underneath one section were poppy seedlings, which I also added to the heap, rather than encourage their proliferation.

Likewise, Jerusalem artichokes persist in places and have been cut down. I doubt they were close enough to affect the hazel but I don’t want them spreading in the ground.

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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