The life cycle of a commercially grown tree is ideally fifteen to twenty years. They can be allowed to grow beyond this stage and provided they remain healthy can grow too well in excess of forty years old. Cricket Bat Willow trees are normally purchased standing, with all felling, extraction and clearing down to J S Wright & Sons Limited.
GROWING. What: . - Cared for and cultivated by hand in an organic and sustainable environment, we help grow Cricket Bat Willow trees, Salix Alba Caerulea, all over the UK. - Grown in wide spacings, 100 trees per hectare or one tree every 10m, along watercourses. - High value timber takes approximately 15 years from planting before harvesting. - The timber is used to make ‘English Willow’ cricket bats worldwide.
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Fast Growing Trees. Cricket Bat Hybrid Willows were selected for their rapid growth and wood properties. This tree has frequently been grown in England and other parts of the world where the sport cricket is popular. But since I am not into cricket or the bats used for it, my attention is on the fast growth rate of a few feet per a year and the pyramidal form of this cool, historical tree.
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.
Cared for and cultivated by hand in an organic and sustainable environment, we help grow Cricket Bat Willow trees, Salix Alba Caerulea, all over the UK. Grown in wide spacings, 100 trees per hectare or one tree every 10m, along watercourses. High value timber takes approximately 15 years from planting before harvesting.
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There are numerous types of Willow tree, most of which cannot be used in the production of cricket bats. We have, below, given a brief description of the the two main types of willow we come across on a regular bases, The Cricket Bat Willow which we can use and the Weeping Willow that cannot be used in any way.
Last year, 138 trees were taken from four areas to create cricket bats. This generated £39,000.’ The willow’s natural moisture and ability to be pressed in the manufacturing process gives it great ball-striking qualities. Cricket-bat willow (Salix alba Caerulea) is also grown in Asia, particularly Kashmir, but this is used for the cheaper models, as it’s of poorer quality.
Another opportunity is growing cricket bat willow (Salix alba var. cearulea). This is a fast growing, tall tree that is still in demand for making cricket bats, the wood selling for as much as £300 a tree. This tree likes to be near running water rather than poorly drained areas with stagnant pools.