The Willow Sets (unrooted standards) are normally grown from stools (Tods) which are planted in the ground, these are allowed to grow and are cropped every fourth year. Ground preparations, fencing and subsequent weeding and grass cutting or spraying are essential to prevent the young shoots being over run with undergrowth for the first year of each four year cycle.
IN Forestry Commission Bulletin No. 17 (London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1946) the cultivation of the cricket bat willow is described. The tree willows are divided into two groups. In the first ...
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- There is no area too big or small to grow Cricket Bat Willow; follow a river, ditch or stream, utilise a wet field corner or low lying wetland. - Planting takes please every January - February. - We offer a complete service: Consultation, Establishment and Maintenance, through to Harvest and Replanting.
Cricket Bat Willow is a variety all of its own – Salix alba ‘Caerulea’. This fast-growing and straight-stemmed variety of willow produces wood that is tough but lightweight and does not shatter easily - ideal for cricket bats. It’s a skilled business choosing the best wood, and there is a market for good quality cricket bat willow timber.
Salix Alba Caerulea – Cricket Bat Willow Willows grow to a maximum height of 21-27m (70-90ft) with a diameter of 0.9-1.2m (3-4ft). The tree will be encouraged to branch out at about 3m (10′) from the ground and are generally grown in plantations at about 12 yard centres (10 yard centres if they are on river banks).
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Standing or felled English Cricket Bat Willow trees purchased, everything arranged from felling to re-planting. Tree Information We have a continuing re-generation programme which is the best in the industry, each year approximately 3 times as many trees are planted than are cut down
There is no area too big or small to grow Cricket Bat Willow; follow a river, ditch or stream, utilise a wet field corner or low lying wetland. Planting takes place every January - February. We offer a complete service: Consultation, Establishment and Maintenance, through to Harvest and Replanting.
Willow is established from cuttings that are inserted into the ground in winter and spring. The ideal cutting is around 10mm thick and 300mm long and is pushed to half its length into the ground. It is best to plant through a ground cover material as this helps to retain moisture and reduce competition from weeds.