Trees report for winter 1998–99: total reaches 25,000
Main project: 1,000 trees at Kestrel Wood, Parbrook. Also at Parbrook,
400 trees at Sunnyside Farm. 25 oaks and ashes planted in the hedgerows
on Pennard Hill at East Pennard. 35, mainly ash, to replace loses in
Banbury Lane Wood at Butleigh.
Replacements and repairs to oak row at Wick and beeches on Wick Hill,
oaks at Alleyshovels and the Street road, and the cedar avenue at
Thank you to Neil Bannell of West Bradley for donating 70 young forest
Cider-apple orchards: 30 trees on the north slope of the Tor with
National Trust, and 55 to south of the Tor with the Fouracreses.
Cider orchard by old engine shed at Pylle Halt: 28 trees in four
Thank you also to Julian Forsey of Butleigh, who has replanted the copse
there and replaced and repaired the oaks.
During the second day’s planting of the Cinnamon Lane orchard, we came
to our 25,000th tree since the Conservation Society was formed. The
photograph shows some of the workers celebrating with a drop of
champagne. (Not a word to the French about drinking their special drink
from plastic mugs!)
Willows on the Brue
Three members of the committee and one friend cut and planted 40 willows
along the north bank of the Brue — the stretch where the Kennard Moor
Drove, off Cinnamon Lane, runs alongside the river for 600 yards — on
It was just about the coldest wettest morning of the month. John Morland
arrived first on Watchwell Drove to cut the necessary pitchers from the
trees planted by the society some years ago. He was joined by Palo and
myself, and we sharpened the end of each cutting. We then carried them
in our cars to the riverbank, where John Brunsdon joined us.
The ground was very soft and damp, and we had no great difficulty in
planting about 30 tall withies and a dozen short stumps at intervals of
20 to 30 yards. Later we can fill gaps if we think it right.
The secretary of Glaston Moor Fishing Club, Mr Ogden, is most
supportive, and so we hope our fisherman friends will keep an eye on the
young trees and stop vandals. This is the fulfilment of a longstanding
dream to line another stretch of the river with trees, and we are
grateful to the Environment Agency for giving us permission.