Friday, 15 June 2012

Ten Beautiful Trees

On the 8th March the team took a delivery of ten trees from Bracham Trees:
Betula albosinensis 'Fascination' x 3 (Chinese Red Birch); Cedrus atlantica Libanii (Cedar); Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck' x 2 (Beech); Juglans nigra (Walnut); Metasequoia glyptpstroboides (Dawn Redwood); Quercus rubra (Northern Red Oak) and Taxodium distichum (Swamp Cyprus). These wonderful trees were purchased following a very generous donation from former student John (Chip) Stidolph (1961).

On the 27th March we started to plant the trees around the college grounds. The Cedrus atlantica Libanii was one of the first to planted and is now located at the front of one of the borders at the back of the Nuffield lawn.

A hole was dug and the tree very gently placed into the hole, then lifted in and out a number of times until a big enough hole was dug to accommodate its rather large root ball. Once straight, having been adjusted until standing tall and upright, the hole was filled in and heeled in securely. It was given a good drink to settle it in to its new home. 

By the end of the day, all but the three Betula albosinensis 'Fascination' had been planted, some with the addition of tree stakes for support.

Today, the 15th June, the last three trees were planted in a group by the bridge, on the edge of the tree fern glade. Ten beautiful trees now grace the college with their presence for future generations to enjoy, thanks to John (Chip) Stidolph's generous gift .

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