Annual Woodland Update – How Well Have the Trees Grown Over the Past 12 Months?

Annual Woodland Update – How Well Have the Trees Grown Over the Past 12 Months?

DSC_0582“And the mighty oak is just a mere twig” – Can you believe that it has been a year since our little saplings were planted here at Hilley Farm?

Our trees have been through the mill this winter having to suffer some dreadful reoccurring flood conditions – at times the trees were completely submerged. However, they have shown they are stronger then we give them credit for and have finally dried out in time to come in to bud.

Last year these ‘twigs’ were unidentifiable, however a year on and they are showing signs of their individual characteristics. There some clear winners in this year’s growth race with the common alder being the tallest on average but the winner of the biggest growth spurt goes to a silver birch which measures just over 1m 10! (yes, still not hit the size of the average person)

In the lifelong growth race of these trees it is evident that the mighty oak will be the outright winner but it is interesting to see how different species develop in their early years. In fact the oaks are currently some of the smaller trees in the woodland. Buds are now apparent on the oak trees (not to be mistaken for acorns as these don’t develop for 40 years!) and the alder has signs of their purple subtle buds.

Here’s some video footage of Hector’s Wood, including the mapping and identifying of trees.


Three reasons to sponsor trees:

Carbon CaptureOn average each tree will sequester as much as 1 tonne of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. By sponsoring a tree, you will be taking the first step towards a greener future.

Flood Alleviation – Trees take up large volumes of water through their roots which can help to reduce the risk and severity of flooding. Roots also help to reinforce the soils and prevent excess erosion.

Biodiversity – a single tree can support hundreds of different species. Oaks are important trees for wildlife – they attract a variety of insects that in turn attract birds such as flycatchers, warblers and woodpeckers. So you can offset some of your businesses’ carbon emissions, which will not only look good on your environmental policy, it will feel great too!

Most tree planting schemes will not identify exactly where your saplings have been planted, however these have been grown in the heart of Shropshire, a short distance from the office. We have even taken the time to map the trees using our GPS and so your trees can be easily located within our four woodlands.

For more information on the planting scheme please have a look at our website at or email me at

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