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A time-lapse camera was set up at the Lissaman site in August 2013, before the site was planted. The camera took three photos every day for a year. So we can literally watch the trees grow!
The photos show successful establishment, thanks in part to very effective spot-spraying. Over the first summer the thistles out-grow the trees, but by the end of the first year's growth, the crop is well-established and above the height of the surrounding grass.
Breach Oak is a 400ha sheep and beef farm. The trial is located on exposed north-westerly face. Whilst rainfall is low, the soils are wind-blown loess silts, poorly drained by nature and prone to tunnel erosion.
|Annual rainfall||400-1100mm average 620mm|
|Frost free days||214|
|Feb max temp||22° C|
|July min temp||1° C|
The site is on private land. Contact Paul Millen for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org