The Willow Sets (unrooted standards) are normally grown from stools (Tods) which are planted in the ground, these are allowed to grow and are cropped every fourth year. Ground preparations, fencing and subsequent weeding and grass cutting or spraying are essential to prevent the young shoots being over run with undergrowth for the first year of each four year cycle.
- There is no area too big or small to grow Cricket Bat Willow; follow a river, ditch or stream, utilise a wet field corner or low lying wetland. - Planting takes please every January - February. - We offer a complete service: Consultation, Establishment and Maintenance, through to Harvest and Replanting.
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IN Forestry Commission Bulletin No. 17 (London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1946) the cultivation of the cricket bat willow is described. The tree willows are divided into two groups. In the first ...
Cricket Bat Willow is a variety all of its own – Salix alba ‘Caerulea’. This fast-growing and straight-stemmed variety of willow produces wood that is tough but lightweight and does not shatter easily - ideal for cricket bats. It’s a skilled business choosing the best wood, and there is a market for good quality cricket bat willow timber.
What is interesting is that the bark of willow trees/plants has been used as a traditional remedy for cold, fevers, and joint pains in many cultures for ages. Of the willow trees (scientific name, Salix Alba), a variety of white willow, also called cricket bat willow (variety cerulean) is used to make the cricket bats.
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Salix Alba Caerulea – Cricket Bat Willow Willows grow to a maximum height of 21-27m (70-90ft) with a diameter of 0.9-1.2m (3-4ft). The tree will be encouraged to branch out at about 3m (10′) from the ground and are generally grown in plantations at about 12 yard centres (10 yard centres if they are on river banks).
There is no area too big or small to grow Cricket Bat Willow; follow a river, ditch or stream, utilise a wet field corner or low lying wetland. Planting takes place every January - February. We offer a complete service: Consultation, Establishment and Maintenance, through to Harvest and Replanting.
J. S. Wright & Sons supplies about three-quarters of the cricket-bat willow from England, and is overseeing a huge planting programme to ensure that demand can be met in future. ‘Each year, about three times as many trees are planted as are cut down,’ says Oliver Wright of the company, which was founded in 1894.