Tuesday, 8 March 2011

wild cherry

When Paul and the team cleared the ground for the new fence they came to a large earth mound. It was perhaps an area created by our biker neighbours. The area was rutted and there was evidence of damage to small oaks.
In order to put the fence in, the soil needed levelling, leaving this area of bare earth.
It is about 15 metres deep and about 20 metres at its widest point.
We will plant with birch and oak seedlings growing on site.  I have spotted little beech trees that could go in here too.
I will also scour around for holly and yew seedlings as a beginning understory. I have grown gelder rose seedlings taken from cuttings and may plant these in here. I love our native gelder rose with their red stems and lovely red autumn berries.
But to give this area its own identity we intend to plant locally sourced Wild Cherry (prunus avium). Its blossom will look spectacular in the spring and produce fruits for wildlife too in late summer.
Birthday money is burning a hole in my pocket and as well as buying the wild cherries, I am tempted to plant native bluebells (hyacinthoides non-scripta) as a finishing flourish in phase 1 of the redevelopment of this little part of the wood.

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