Conor was joined at the tree planting by Director of Agronomy Scott Fenwick, Food & Beverage Apprentice Tegan Howett, Gardener Emily Gibbs and Head Chef Jasbir Saini.
Some further facts about our new mighty oaks!
– All 28 of the saplings planted were Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea).
– Squirrels, jays and badgers love their acorns, while caterpillars flock to eat their leaves.
– The bark provides a habitat for mosses, lichens and liverworts and the cavities are home to nesting birds and roosting bats.
– Flower and leaf buds of English and sessile oak are the food plants of the caterpillars of purple hairstreak butterflies.
– The soft leaves break down with ease in autumn and form a rich leaf mould beneath the tree, supporting beetles and numerous fungi, such as the oakbug milkcap.
– Oak trees support more wildlife than any other native trees. On one alone oak you can find 326 species of wildlife and 257 species of insect.