The perfect gift! Help us plant new trees on the canal bank

A Golden Alder Tree with detail of it's bright gold leaves
Published : 14 Apr 2016 Last update : 06 Jul 2016

In summer 2015, five poplar trees along the canal bank had to be felled as they had unfortunately reached the end of their lifespan. This year we are hoping to raising £1500 to plant new Golden Alder trees in their place.

An ideal tree for wet areas, these will be planted alongside the canal bank and will give visitors tantalising glimpses of the Historic Parkland that once belonged to the Hall through the branches dancing in the breeze. Winning the RHS Award of Merit in 1995, the Golden Alder is a beautiful tree with yellow foliage and has red flowers in February and March. Orangey-golden bark and branches contrast beautifully with the bright red tinted catkins and will bring a welcome colour to the winter landscape of Oxburgh. 

Please support us either by donating a payment towards the purchase, planting and maintenance of each tree or consider purchasing a tree as a Birthday Gift. 

If you wish to purchase a tree as a gift please contact Helen Gregory, Outdoors Manager on 01366 328926. 

Thank you for your support!

Did you know?

All alder species play host to a nitrogen fixing bacteria beneath the soil which improves the soil’s fertility. When alder wood is submerged in water it becomes as hard as stone. Because of this, alder was used to make canal lock gates and embankments along water courses.

Alder makes very good charcoal that burns with an intense heat. This charcoal was also used in the manufacture of gunpowder.

It was thought that placing alder leaves inside your shoes before the start of a long journey would cool the feet and prevent swelling.