The Long Dig

Prompted by the Special Report on Global Warming published by the IPCC on October 8th 2018, inspired by the film ‘Field of Dreams‘ and motivated by middle age and a frustration with political dithering in the face of overwhelming evidence, The Long Dig is a personal initiative to make a difference to the environment. By converting the three-and-a-half acres of pastureland that make up our smallholding one tree at a time into a woodland as funds allow, we will promote the sequestration of Carbon Dioxide and absorption of rainwater. Suggestions for which trees to plant, ideas to improve the project, good-humoured ridicule and donations of trees are all welcome in equal measure.

The land will continue to be used for grazing for the foreseeable future and is already home to nine fruit trees and an enormous Knotted Willow. The project began in October 2018 and the plan is to add to the existing trees and populate the entire plot with a variety of suitable species. The land is relatively exposed with little shade, and the soil is well-drained, clay rich, and on a gentle north-westerly facing slope. As of late November 2018, the woodland has a population of nineteen trees. If you are interested and want to know or see more, there is a Facebook page where you can follow the project in more detail, or you can send us a message using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Planted Trees

Coming Soon...

Five Acer and two Maple trees have been ordered and are scheduled for delivery in Mid-December.

'Sylvia'

Silver Birch donated by Sarah Mohammad-Qureshi, planted on Sunday, 4th November 2018.

'Anna'

Silver Birch, planted on Sunday, 4th November 2018.

'Johan'

Silver Birch, planted on Sunday, 4th November 2018.

'Isabelle Rising'

Silver Birch donated by Raj Sitlani, planted on Sunday, 4th November 2018.

'Jaya Khemlyani'

Chestnut donated by Raj Sitlani, planted on Sunday, 4th November 2018.

'Dennis'

Silver Birch donated by Jen Allanson, planted on Saturday, 27th October 2018.

'Matilda'

Silver Birch donated by Nathan Ryder, planted on Saturday, 27th October 2018.

'Nola'

Silver Birch donated by Julie & Alessandro Vitelli, planted on Saturday, 27th October 2018.

'Charlotte Birch'

Silver Birch planted on Wednesday, 17th October 2018.

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