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19, 20 and 21 November 2014

Arboretum 500 Tree and Bush Planting

Grid Ref SO624118

 

This was an auspicious event for the Arboretum as we were to spend three days planting 500 trees and bushes! Most of this consisted of the bushes needed to create a new hedge along the line of the deer fencing near to the main gate. However, there were also quite a few specimen trees such as Whitebeam, Chinese Fir, Hickory Pine, Aspen, Cedar, Magnolia and Handkerchief Tree.

Various members of the Dean Green Team came along during the three days and were joined by Forest Rangers and apprentices as well as groups of charities.

 

  

The image on the left shows the deer fencing with the lines of string to indicate planting widths.

In the centre the team have dug shallow holes, inserted the small bushes and canes and have them surrounded them with the plastic guards.

On the right is the finished line of newly planted hedge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mixture of Forest Rangers, Apprentices and the Dean Green Team who all contributed to the successful planting.

 

 

 

 

Here are the five China fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) we planted.

A coniferous timber tree of the cypress family (Cupressaceae), native to East Asia. The China fir may grow to a height of 50 metres (160 feet), with a circumference of about 5.5 metres (18 feet); it is covered with fragrant, reddish brown bark that is shed in long strips.

The spreading branches, drooping at the ends, bear flattened, lance-shaped leaves about 6 cm (2 inches) long and 6 mm (0.2 inch) wide. The rounded cones, up to 5 cm long, have thick, spiny-tipped scales, with three seeds on each scale.

 

 

 

 

The cost of providing the trees and bushes was provided by a donation from the Rotary Club.

They are seen here digging in a Hickory Pine with our dendrologist and the team.

The Hickory Pine (Pinus pungens) grows up to 60 feet tall.  The single trunk, reaching a diameter between 2 and 3 feet, supports a narrow, rounded crown made of stout, horizontal branches.  This tree species grows branches in between the whorls of main branches.  Needles are borne in bundles of 2, are 1.5 to 3.5 inches long and range in color from dark to yellowish green.  An unusual property of these stiff and twisted needles, is their lemon scent when bruised.  Evergreen, the needles are persist, meaning they stay on the tree, for 2 to 3 years before falling off.  Also persistent are the cones, which are borne in whorled clusters of 2 to 7.

 

On the last day we finished off the hedging and we have some bushes in reserve for any that fail to thrive.

The hedging consisted of a mixture of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Cherry and Dogwood.

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