So, after the community planting days in November, it was the contractors’ turn, this time to finish the job …barring the odd replacement and a few tweaks here and there. December already – though it still feels like early Autumn and pretty much perfect planting conditions which, in my opinion, constitutes any type of weather that doesn’t involve either waders or danger of frostbite. Not only was it the final push, but someone else was going to be planting the remaining 6,000 odd whips, so double bonus. All the rest of us had to do was stroll around with the dogs, admiring someone else’s work, which we did and here, in no particular order, is the result.
Actually, there’s just one more thing and it’s an odd one. Perhaps it’s the contours of the last fields, or the fact that Matt and his team have incorporated sweeping avenues, rather than the straight lines of the first phase, or perhaps it’s that we’ve now got shrubs – like yew and holly – but suddenly there’s a completely new perspective to the wood. Albeit one of plastic tubes, it’s become a proper wood. The sort that, if you squint your eyes, you can imagine in years to come. Not only that, but you can see if from the A371 passing Castle Cary station, which means that it’s arrived in every sense. All we need now is a picture from there to prove it…. Rosie?!