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Archive entry 10.01.10

Acer campestre

9th January 2010


The Field Maple is a lovely small tree, often used around fields for making dense compact hedges. When I moved onto this site I needed to plant windbreaks as fast as possible and I chose Field Maple planted in rows across the site. The choice was based in it's practicality and economy - I paid 12p each for these as 30cm seedlings.
Through the years they have done an excellent job in controlling the wind, but last year I finally had to accept that this row at least, had to go. They are being replaced with terribly stylish Magnolias that are looking a bit miffed at being planted where they still feel a stiff breeze, but they will get over it.
In years to come I will have a row of fat smug Magnolias here and however magnificent they are I will always miss the rather wild and lumpy Field Maples that made it possible.
They have cost me a lot more as well.