Updated 3 Jul 2007
Planting a new oakwood in Dorset
HOW to USE: -
Print in Explorer,
crop to 252mm x 168mm,
laminate in A4 placing centrally,
insert in sign.
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
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.