The life cycle of a commercially grown tree is ideally fifteen to twenty years. They can be allowed to grow beyond this stage and provided they remain healthy can grow too well in excess of forty years old. Cricket Bat Willow trees are normally purchased standing, with all felling, extraction and clearing down to J S Wright & Sons Limited.
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The timber we use is Salix Alba Caerulea (Cricket Bat Willow), grown in England. The willow is renewably harvested across the whole of England and sold through the wood yards of Essex and Suffolk. Only the highest grades of willow are hand selected by willow merchant Jeremy Ruggles, Director of J.S.Wright & Sons (www.cricketbatwillow.com). The density of the wood and consistency of the grain through the playing area of the bat is of vital importance to the end balance and performance.
The most suitable wood used for the cricket bat is willow wood. Once the wood takes the shape of the bat it is then covered with linseed oil for protection. Cricket bat has seen its evolution since the advent of the game. But in 1979, a law postulated the bat to specifically made from wood.
English willow cricket bats are manufactured of cleft imported from the United Kingdom. These bats are designed for professional and advanced players who enjoy playing with a beautiful bat and perform well. The English Willow, native to England, thrives in regions where the ground is soft and the weather is damp.
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Grown in wide spacings, 100 trees per hectare or one tree every 10m, along watercourses. High value timber takes approximately 15 years from planting before harvesting. The timber is used to make ‘English Willow’ cricket bats worldwide. Why: Farm/Forest diversification: Good use of otherwise underproductive land: low-lying, wet heavy soils.
Colour – The English willow cricket bat is often whiter than Kashmir willow, however, this is only because Kashmir willow can vary more in colour. Kashmir willow can often be indistinguishable from English willow as often the paler colours are turned into cricket bats.
Offering choice & better opportunities for farmers & landowners across the UK. English Willow are a dedicated team of Cricket Bat Willow tree suppliers, growers, buyers and cleft makers. We create new plantations, buy mature trees and replace each tree felled. The planting returns income from low-lying and often under-utilised areas of land, achieving a generous tax free, generational return.