Despite the cold east wind and occasional shower, we made short work of preparing the ground and planting three good sized young trees in Bathing House Wood. Two oaks, one to replace a 2014 planting that had died, and another to fill a gap, were brought by Kathryn who had collected them from Leo Perreur Lloyd.
The third tree was a Silver Birch planted by Fiona McWilliams in memory of her husband.
Despite the recent rains, moisture had not penetrated far into the soil and we need more rain if the water deficit from the summer is to be remedied. This year rain totals for May, June, July, August and October were well below the previous 10 year average and even this month we are still at only 80% of the average.
We will need to water them well now and add them to our list of trees to be watered when the spring comes.