We have almost two thousand young trees planted here, in three shelterbelts. Austrian pines and Chilean pines. There will be more information on this later, but meanwhile here are some photos of planting taking place (thanks to our doctor friend David Edwards-Moss from England who regularly visits us bearing baby trees). In fact our first shelterbelt of 1000 trees is called Mossy Copse One. Our cattle have done their best to wreck this but failed.
Then there's Mossy Copse Two - some 400 to 500 trees growing beautifully - see pic above and the waistheight pic later - and the third belt of 400, also doing well, which was planted by David, Clive (with our elderly tractor and a borrowed posthole borer or host pole borer as it was christened) - and three of David's friends who came down from England with him and found themselves co-opted into helping. The Tree Team did a great job and seemed happy in their work...
One is a retired doctor and the others are both connected with medicine in one way or another - so our third shelter belt was named MediCopse in their honour.
Check back later for more info and pics. We are pleased with growth so far despite dry ground and high winds.
1st August 2006: The trees are doing fine, will take some pics one of these days and update this page. Some have reached the stage where they are of real use to sheep, who shelter in the lee of them.