With the sudden and unexpected warm weather (we were digging ewes and lambs out of snow drifts at the end of March last year) the tree planting season is coming to a rapid close. The warmth inevitably brings dormant broadleaves into bud and leaf, which signals the deadline for safely transplanting broadleaf trees. Although tree planting has been our main winter occupation for the last 30 odd years, and despite the fact we’ve dug, shoved and dropped a good 3 million trees into the ground, we get caught out by the onrush of spring every year. This year, we’ve got ~25,000 trees left to plant, so it’s all hands on deck (whilst gently swearing never to agree another tree planting contract). Perhaps next year will be less frantic….