When we first moved to Axe Edge Green Farm, we needed to chop down some trees as they posed a threat to the main farmhouse. We also noticed that the livestock didn’t have enough shade in the fields.
We have always felt strongly about the presence of trees around us. At some point we considered moving to the beautiful Orkney Islands, but one of the major factors that put us off was the lack of trees there.
Having acquired a farmhouse with a fair bit of land around it, we wanted to do our bit for the environment and future generations. We also wanted our animals to have some shelter in the fields.
In November 2017 we planted 120 native British trees spread across our 10 acres. We planted:
- British oaks
- field maples
- sweet chestnuts
- grey willows
- and Scottish birches
We know it will take years for them to start looking like ‘proper’ trees, but we are very much looking forward to seeing them grow over the next 10, 20, 30 years…
We have plans to buy more land and create a nature reserve. Since we are in the middle of Peak District National Park, we very much feel the duty to preserve nature.
Update: September 2018
Apart from walnuts, the trees survived a severe winter and a dry summer of 2018. If the sheep don’t eat them, they have a very good chance of survival!