Cricket Bat Willow trees are normally purchased standing, with all felling, extraction and clearing down to J S Wright & Sons Limited. Cricket Bat Willows are not purchased or calculated in cubic feet or metres and we cannot give a guide to value as it depends on many different factors but we are happy to view trees and quote a price.
Salix alba 'Caerulea' (cricket-bat willow; syn. Salix alba var. caerulea (Sm.) Sm.; Salix caerulea Sm.) is grown as a specialist timber crop in Britain, mainly for the production of cricket bats, and for other uses where a tough, lightweight wood that does not splinter easily is required. It is distinguished mainly by its growth form, very fast-growing with a single straight stem, and also by its slightly larger leaves (10–11 cm long, 1.5–2 cm wide) with a more blue-green colour.
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Salix Alba Caerulea – Cricket Bat Willow. Willows grow to a maximum height of 21-27m (70-90ft) with a diameter of 0.9-1.2m (3-4ft). The tree will be encouraged to branch out at about 3m (10′) from the ground and are generally grown in plantations at about 12 yard centres (10 yard centres if they are on river banks).
The trees used in the manufacture of cricket bats is the Salix Alba Caerulea (Cricket Bat Willow). This type of willow is very fast growing with a single straight stem. It also has slightly larger leaves than normal white willow, being 10 to 11cm long and 1.5 to 2cm wide.
Although baseball bats have undergone a slow evolution over the past century, cricket bats have remained largely unchanged for 200 years. The flat, paddle-shaped blade is made of a single piece of willow -- preferably from trees grown in the English counites of Essex or Suffolk -- while the handle is made of cane.
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GROWING. What: . - Cared for and cultivated by hand in an organic and sustainable environment, we help grow Cricket Bat Willow trees, Salix Alba Caerulea, all over the UK. - 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.
Felling a 20 year old English willow tree grown in Victoria , Australia. The tree is going to make around 50 cricket bats once it’s been processed.