The work clearing the hillside of brambles and elder has been completed, most of the brash burnt, the stumps poisoned and, finally, the planting done.
The tree nursery was kind enough to help select a useful mix of trees and shrubs for us – we’re wanting to use this corner as habitat, rather than planting for a timber crop, so it wasn’t our standard Beech/Sycamore/Ash/Oak/Wild Cherry/Field Maple mix. Instead we’ve put in 150 plants comprising of the following:
- Bullace (a type of wild plum)
- Guelder Rose
- Midland Hawthorn
- Wild Privet
- Wayfaring Tree (viburnum lantana)
- Wild Pear
- Elm spp.
- Goat Willow
- Wild Service
- Shrubby Honeysuckle
- Crab Apple
I’d love to be able to fast forward a few years to see how it’s all going to turn out. In the meantime though, I’ll have to keep returning to this little patch to keep the brambles and elder from shooting back up and swamping what we’ve just put in. More sunny days like today and I’ll happily find any excuse to be away from the computer keyboard, even brush-cutting!