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 into a woodland and wild meadow, we will promote the sequestration of Carbon Dioxide and absorption of rainwater. Suggestions for what to plant, how to improve the project and good-humoured ridicule are all welcome in equal measure.

Formerly used for grazing or the production of hay, 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. By the end of March 2019, Tom’s Wood had a population of forty-one trees, and since June the grass has been left to its own devices to allow Barbara’s Meadow to grow. From October planting of trees will recommence, and in the Spring of 2020 we will explore how best to add colourful perennial wildflowers to the meadow.

If you would like to come and see the project or donate a plant of some kind, just send us a message using the contact form at the bottom of this page. All new plants will need a name so we can fashion a plaque from recycled materials, saplings should be at least four feet tall and will be planted with a rabbit guard and you can find some advice on what to plant here. We’ll upload a photo to the gallery below when it’s done!

Planted Trees

Coming Soon...

Planting will recommence in late Autumn.

Tom's Wood

Sunrise over the wood and meadow in early August 2019.

Barbara's Meadow

The beginnings of a wild meadow left for nature to shape since June 2019.

'Rather Good'

Paul's Scarlet planted on Saturday, 2nd March 2019.

'Jolly Good'

Silver Birch planted on Saturday, 2nd March 2019.

'Barbara Good'

Common Oak planted on Saturday, 2nd March 2019.

'The Dude'

Sessile Oak donated by Alex Janaway, planted on Saturday, 9th February 2019.

'Canna'

Anonymously donated Sweetgum, planted on Saturday, 26th January 2019.

'Erraid'

Anonymously donated Sweetgum, planted on Saturday, 26th January 2019.

'Rona'

Anonymously donated Sweetgum, planted on Saturday, 26th January 2019.

'For Vic'

Silver Birch donated by Anne Harris, planted on Wednesday, 16th January 2019.

'Kristina'

Silver Birch, planted on Wednesday, 16th January 2019.

'Aggie'

Silver Birch donated by Caron Fraser Wood, planted on Wednesday, 16th January 2019.

'Jim'

Silver Birch, planted on Wednesday, 16th January 2019.

'Oscar & Fitz'

Silver Birch donated by Josie Bloom, planted on Thursday, 20th December 2018.

'Lemmy'

Silver Birch, planted on Thursday, 20th December 2018.

'Sunrise'

Anonymously donated Silver Birch, planted on Thursday, 20th December 2018.

'Sunset'

Anonymously donated Silver Birch, planted on Thursday, 20th December 2018.

'Boots'

Common Alder planted on Wednesday, 19th December 2018.

'Woody'

Common Alder planted on Wednesday, 19th December 2018.

'Tumtum'

Common Alder planted on Wednesday, 19th December 2018.

'Tree McTreeface'

Common Alder planted on Wednesday, 19th December 2018.

'Wenceslas'

Common Alder planted as a Christmas Card on Wednesday, 19th December 2018.

'Zarathustra'

Red Maple donated by Laura Vitelli, planted on Tuesday, 18th December 2018.

'Tirzah'

Red Maple donated by Max Vitelli, planted on Tuesday, 18th December 2018.

'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.

Unnamed

Our original orchard of six fruit trees, planted on Thursday 22nd January 2015.

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