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Advice on tree planting to form avenue

Hi, I am new to the forum and not a very well informed home gardener. We have a home in North Yorkshire in a very windy exposed part of the dales. The driveway descends moderately 70m through a field used for sheep and cows part of the year and I am wanting to define it by planting maybe four trees along its avenue. I will need to put a small fence round each to stop the sheep and cows nibbling each tree. Can anyone advise what would be the best trees to plant please?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,585

    A lot depends on your soil. Are you in the limestone or the moorland area?

    Here is a link to the Woodland Trust’s tree shop.  I’m sure that they would be able to advise you on the best tree for your area.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,623
    Remember to put them far enough apart that you can still get a lorry down to the house when they are full grown.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,366
    @jonathanj39YkvOV-f0- do you mean sheep/cattle can access the whole area your drive goes through, or have I misunderstood?
    If so, it might be difficult to prevent them having a chew on the trees, because you'd need fences quite a good distance away from the trunks, unless they were high enough to prevent them reaching over the top. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,292
    To ensure a dead straight line, plant the two end ones and then site those in between to make sure they're level.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,065
    You'll probably want to avoid Ash because of die-back disease, otherwise I would be guided by the sort of trees doing well in that situation locally, you'll know they like the conditions, and they will fit with the local character.
  • AnnaBAnnaB Posts: 268
    Who owns the field? If it is someone other than yourselves then you may have to get permission to plant any trees. Also different trees can cause 'problems' for certain animals eg. oaks shedding acorns. Providing all is well all round your best idea (as suggested) is to contact the Woodland Trust for advice as to which tree would best suit your area and ideas.
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