Many thanks for all your patience while we have re-jigged the website. We are hoping that, while it looks the same, it is faster and better than ever...
A HUGE thank you to all our wonderful (and loyal) customers ... you have made Christmas 2014 another wonderful year for TreeTwist and we would like to wish every one of you all the best for a Happy New Year. Together we have made a difference and fingers crossed that 2015 will be another successful year with many, many trees to be planted.
This is our best seller this Christmas! Lots of trees are being planted..
If you experience any issues paying via the website, please let me know. Our number here is 0870 142 0388. Our digital agency and our hosting agency have assured us that there will be no issues, but... just in case, we thought we'd send you a quick message.
My term has ended. For those of you unaware, I am studying once again. Thanks to Mr E and Mrs L for getting me through... Back to my novels. Hurrah!
I am so lucky that Dog and I have Mrs W in the village with her two labradors to walk with. We (Mrs W and I) decided today that neither of us needed to see a therapist because our chatting while walking solved all our issues. I am very, very lucky that I have Dog, who needs walking, beautiful countryside to wak in and a fabulous friend to walk with. Simple pleasures...
We are knee deep planning Christmas. We are hoping for big sales (again!) this year so we get to plant more trees in the Spring. Many thanks to all our loyal, returning customers. We appreciate you!
We’re often asked about the trees that we plant, particularly the species and why they are chosen. Trees for Life has put together this brief outline to explain our planting methodology which we hope will be interesting for you...
The Caledonian Forest is a very diverse habitat, and the distribution of tree species is greatly influenced by site conditions. To give each tree the best chance of success, we mimic nature and choose species that are ideally suited to each location.
On wetter ground, Trees for Life plant alder and willow. Hazel and bird cherry grow better in more sheltered locations. Oak, wych elm and blackthorn thrive on lower planting sites, and juniper can be planted in any location that is not too wet. Scots pine, elm and hazel grow well in the best quality soil, whilst hardy species like rowan and downy birch can cope in poorer soils.
This spring, Trees for Life worked at forest restoration sites in Skye, Glen Affric and at Dundreggan, near Loch Ness, where your trees are planted. More than 16,000 trees have been planted at Dundreggan so far this year, with many funded by companies like TreeTwist - so thank you for your tremendous support!
Trees for Life has planted a mix of rowan, downy birch and willow. These seedlings were grown in their own tree nursery from locally collected seed, eliminating any risk of introducing the diseases which can be found in imported trees. Planting generally occurs in spring and autumn, while other associated tasks such as fertilising and monitoring work are carried out in the summer months. This is because the climate is too hot and dry for the seedlings to establish in the summer - even in Scotland!
My lawn is now a meadow. This is not intentional and I am beginning to worry that it will never be cut. I am dependent on Mr M to turn up and cut it. As a result, I agreed with Son today that when he is home from university in the summer, he will be in control of the cutting. So, I just need to get from here to there...