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Guest Blog: Cragend Farm

Ten Years at Cragend Farm Tree Project 2011-2021. Planting Ten Trees of Ten varieties.

Salix alba Caerulea (Cricket Bat Willow)

Juglans Regia (Walnut)

Betula pendula (Silver Birch)

Castanea sativa (Sweet Chestnut)

Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ (Copper Beech)

Quercus Rubra (Red Oak)

Quercus Rubur (English Oak)

Larix Leptolepis (Japanese Larch)

Tilia Cordata (Small Leaved Lime)

Cragend Farm has a new project for the coming years:

to plant Ten Parkland Trees of Ten Varieties to celebrate Ten years at Cragend.

These 100 parkland trees will break up the grazing at Cragend creating habitat for insects and small mammals, create corridors for wildlife to travel through and shelter in, and create shade for stock during the heat of the summer.

These trees will also help to control the flow of rainwater during the autumn downpours helping to control flooding further down the Coquet working towards a catchment-wide plan to stop rainwater from running off the land.

There is of course a human element to these trees and they will be planted so that almost all of them will be able to be seen from the road to Rothbury. This landscape change will create more interest in the Coquet valley for visitors and residents. Holidaymakers visiting Cragend Farm have already sponsored twelve of the trees with their all-important guards and returning visitors are taking delight in seeing how their trees are growing.

The Trees will be set out in groups of ten around the farm and during planting and once the trees have been established the idea is to set out a walk around the project. This walk is likely to take around ¾ of an hour through the pastures on Cragend Farm.

The trees with the guards with the trees cost £220 and take a couple of hours to plant, pick a sunny day and come and spend a few hours making Coquetdale even more beautiful. Choose from one of the species listed above.

Almost all of the trees to be planted will be able to be seen from the B6344 as it passes Cragend.

Please get in touch if you would like to come and plant a parkland tree and put up a guard to protect it during its initial growth.

Come back to see the tree’s progress as it grows and catch up with Cragend Farm.

Shaun Renwick

Tel: +441669 621 533

Cragend Farm


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Jun 16, 2022

I don't understand. Why would people pay £220 to plant a tree that you can get off the Woodland Trust for free?

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