Horticultural solutions for October
You, like me, might feel very sad that the wonderful, iconic tree at Sycamore Gap – beside Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland – was vandalised and cut down recently. Fortunately the tree’s stump, thought to be about 300 years old, is healthy so at time of writing they’re considering coppicing it. This enables new shoots to grow from the trunk’s base. While the tree would not be the same shape and it would take at least a century to grow to original proportions, this is an example of the resilience of nature and gives us some hope!
A similar technique to coppicing is in fact used to create multi-stem trees, which have become popular garden additions in the past few years because they look so interesting year-round. We focus on this below so do have a chat with us if you’d like some help with this.
We also look at a couple of enjoyable things you can do this month to take the sober out of October!
But before you read on, we at Bushy would just like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone who supported our Nuts Challenge last month in aid of Perennial, which provides help and financial assistance to people who work in horticulture (and their families) who are struggling. We’re delighted that all involved raised over £6000 for Perennial, which is brilliant as they do not get any government funding.
Chris & all the Bushy team