On Tuesday I went for a walk on the Common with a few walking group friends – all in-line with guidelines and socially distanced.
We were taken to Highfield village where there was a tree that had had to be cut down where the guy had carved it into the shape of an arm chair.
The tree, I was told, was a Cricket Bat Willow that had been planted by a cricketer 40 years ago. I asked if they could use the off-cuts for bats and was told, No! the tree needs to be only twelve years old to be used for making bats.