Updated 3 Jul 2007

Planting a new oakwood in Dorset

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Salix alba

These 26 willows were planted on 28 September 2005, in honour of the great Ashes Series between England and Australia, 21 July-12 September. Perhaps the most exciting Ashes ever, England won 2-1 with 2 drawn, winning the Second Test by 2 runs.

*Michael Vaughan 
James Anderson 
Ian Bell 
Paul Collingwood 
Andrew Flintoff 
Ashley Giles 
Steve Harmison 
Matthew Hoggard 
+Geraint Jones 
Simon Jones 
Kevin Pietersen 
Andrew Strauss 
Marcus Trescothick 
Chris Tremlett 
Stuart Clark 

*Ricky Ponting 
+Adam Gilchrist 
Michael Clarke 
Jason Gillespie 
Brad Haddin 
Matthew Hayden 
Brad Hodge 
Justin Langer 
Michael Kasprowicz 
Simon Katich 
Brett Lee 
Stuart MacGill 
Damien Martyn 
Glenn McGrath 
Shaun Tait 
Shane Warne 

The willows were taken as cuttings in December 2003 from the great trees growing about 300 yards to the North-East, on the South bank of the River Stour. Old maps show these trees once grew on an island in the river, and perhaps before that on the North bank as the Stour changed its course.

The cuttings were then potted up on trestles in the back patio of John and Rosie Palmer in Broadstone, over 2 winters and 2 summers, growing rapidly and becoming very thirsty before planting out where they are now seen.

It is hoped to pollard these trees at head height, to give a regular crop of small poles suitable for fencing, basketry or firewood.