It's a wonderful, frosty Northumbrian morning and the beautiful sound of the song thrush brightens the landscape even more. But this is also a reminder that Spring is on its way and we haven't got long to finish off any big vegetation disturbance jobs before its time to, once more, leave the hedges, shrubs and verges as homes for birds, mammals and other creatures.
There's also still time to get planting. Fruiting trees come in many sizes and provide fresh food for us and wildlife, as well as looking great.
So spring to it!
This National Tree Week why not have double the benefit by planting trees that are good for wildlife and provide tasty crops of fruit and nuts.
Growing edible fruit trees equals: cheap, healthy, food which absorbs carbon and is also good for the birds and bees.
Here's our top ten favourite edible tree and shrub species; all suitable for planting in the garden or school grounds:
Apple - many varieties to suit location
Currents - Many varieties - Black, Red, White
Hazel - The hedge layer's favourite
Cherries and Plums - Many varieties inc 'Cherry Plum' which is a great hedge shrub.
Over the coming weeks, we'll feature more about the benefits of each of these.
Do you have any other favourites or may be a good recipe? Please let us know.
By growing your own fruit and veg, you can eat more healthily, get more exercise and help the environment; all in your own back garden. Don't have much space, or just want to have a go? Try new potatoes in a container or carrots and peas in a window box. It is a little early for planting just yet but now is the time to be planning so you are ready in time for the new season.. go on, give it a go... Nothing beats the taste of home grown veg.
Want to really go for it with the veg plot, but haven't got time to do all that preparation. Give Northumbria Land Management a call or email us; cos we know our onions!