In July this year, an application was made to the Woodland Trust for suitable trees to provide attractive screening and a woodland copse for our Samarpan Yog Ashram estate. This week we received their donation of 60 sapling trees ~ these have been provided completely free of charge!
The Woodland Trust recommended three particular species of native trees as they will grow well in the conditions of our Ashram and encourage wildlife, providing an environment for birds to feed and maybe nest. They will also create a variety of colour and texture through the year. We have been given 20 Silver Birches, 10 Rowans and 30 Cherry trees. They each have special qualities that they will bring to the Ashram estate ~ you can see examples of how beautiful they will look once they have grown in the pictures.
Carrie and her garden volunteers have already placed the saplings in pots mixed with the clay soil found on our site. They will be placed in a fairly sheltered position to over-winter and acclimatise; then they will be planted into the soil in the spring time.
The saplings will take a number of years to reach a good height and maturity, but by planting these small saplings now, we make a collective offering towards the future souls who will sit in their shade and enjoy meditating in the environment we are preparing.
We are very happy to receive these saplings and we look forward to planting them out in the spring.
The Rowan, also known as the Mountain Ash, is a fast growing native tree. It produces clusters of heavily scented white flowers in spring followed by red berries and the leaves turn a shade of orange in autumn, making it an attractive ornamental garden tree. The red berries are much liked by birds and will encourage them into the garden. The Rowan is classed by the Royal Horticultural Society as Perfect for Pollinators in summer.
In folklore the Rowan is one of the most magical and mystical of trees and considered so sacred that they were rarely cut down or burnt. Ancient people regarded it as the 'Tree of Life' and meditation near a Rowan tree lifts the emotions. It allows the mind and body to let go of stress and tension and gives healing strength and purpose through the grace of its spirit.
The Cherry has an abundance of pretty white blossoms in spring that attract bees and insects. The fruits are usually dark red and may be sweet or sour when ripe and, if not harvested, will attract birds. The Cherry is classed by the Royal Horticultural Society as Perfect for Pollinators in spring.
The Cherry tree symbolises new beginnings and revival, love and compassion. It teaches us to value each moment and represents spring and innocent pleasure. The Cherry juice symbolises the immortality of the soul.
The Silver Birch is an easily recognisable tree with its silvery-white bark. It is native to much of Britain and is one of the faster growing and establishing deciduous trees, reaching a reasonable height within 10 years. Known as the ‘lady of the woods’, it has fine silvery bark and catkins in spring, with delicate green leaves in summer that flutter in the slightest breeze and provide dappled shade, turning a pretty yellow in autumn.
The Silver Birch is said to be very healing; good for fresh starts and new beginnings as it clears out negativity. The properties of the Silver Birch are love, protection and purification.