Cradle for Nature


Planted in November 2003

Species: Oak, Alder, Birch

Nine hundred alders and oaks planted in a latin square formation. The plot was divided into a three-by-three grid, with 100 trees and a different planting method (notch, pit, trench) in each row/column. This was so we could eliminate the effect where trees in the centre grew better because they had more shelter.


Year 1:

Year 2:

Year 3:
2006 - Many of the notch-planted trees had perished, but most of the trench-planted ones had survived.

Year 5:
2008 - It is very clear that the trench-planted trees have done much better than the pit-planted ones, which in turn did better than the notch-planted trees.

Year 10:
2013 - This plot continues to struggle when compared with Pan-Titania-Eirwen and the later plots on the steep slope in the lower field. This is possibly due to Cariad's exposed position, high on the hill with little protection from the wind.