Lou is the owner of Cragend Farm with her husband Shaun, and deals with everything from Holiday Accommodation inquiries to egg collection from the chickens; she is the social media and web design finger-tapper.
Anthea Logan-Wood planted this Red oak tree on Sunday in the sunshine. She is a well known and loved Rothbury resident. As a child, she was evacuated to Cragend Farm during the Second World War, and her family stay is part of the history at Cragend Farm. Her ties to Rothbury and Cragend Farm are strong, and now enduring with this is dedication to her late husband, David.
Anthea has kindly given us access to some amazing film footage and old photographs taken by her grandmother of the farm in the early 1900's. The film can be viewed on our youtube channel Cragend Farm.
She is best known as a fleece judge at local country shows and is hugely knowledgeable. She has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s but she was fit and well to walk to the site of planting and take an active role with her family in planting this tree as part of our project.
Cragend Farm’s new project for 2021 is to plant 10 Trees of 10 Varieties to commemorate 10 years of our journey to restore Cragend for future generations.
We have invested in the trees, their plant pots, which will be their homes until they are planted out, and their species passports. The timber ‘parkland’ stakes we use are hand-made.
If you would like to dedicate and plant a tree with a parkland tree-guard to protect it during its initial growth and be part of ongoing conservation work contact Shaun Renwick at Cragend Farm. Those who dedicate a tree to someone special as a birthday or anniversary gift, or in memory of a loved one, will be able to visit their chosen tree as they grow through the years.
Main reasons for planting trees include:
We are part of the ‘Plant Britain’ quest and your tree will be logged on the national website (www.plantbritain.co.uk). That is 100 trees more to add!
The trees with the guards take a couple of hours to plant, so pick a sunny day and spend a few hours joining us planting and making Coquetdale even more beautiful. It protects them from deer who find them very tasty as young saplings and protects them in the early stages of growth.
Examples of those already planted can clearly be seen from the Rothbury to Weldon Bridge road on the hillside next to Cragside.
The species available are:
Juglans nigra (Black Walnut)
Juglans Regia (Walnut)
Betula pendula (Silver Birch)
Castanea sativa (Sweet Chestnut)
Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)
Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ (Copper Beech)
Quercus Rubra (Red Oak)
Quercus Rubur (English Oak)
Larix Leptolepis (Japanese Larch)
Salix Alba Caerulea (Cricket Bat Willow)
Contact: Shaun Renwick 01669-621533
Find Out More About Cragend
Cragend Farm has a interesting and diverse history, from technical innovations to historic buildings. Tied in closely to the neighbouring Cragside Estate home of Victorian inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong.