Prestigious home is found for saplings
Plants grown from acorns at Bolam Lake are now in the grounds of a palace in southern England.
They were sent to the granddaughter of former Ponteland residents Charles and Jo Cross, who regularly visited the beauty spot in Northumberland, two years ago.
Emma Cross, who lives in King’s Sutton, Northamptonshire, carried out the growing process and the nine-year old recently handed three small oak saplings to Hilary Wood, head gardener at nearby Blenheim Palace.
They will be planted in the Capability Brown woods area at the historic house and gardens in Oxfordshire – the principal residence of the dukes of Marlborough – in the autumn.
A further three have gone back to Bolam.
Jo said: “Bolam Lake is close to our hearts because as well as going there often, our eldest son David volunteered at the site during his holiday time on a few occasions and when he died aged 26 almost 20 years ago, we had 26 oak trees planted around the lake in his memory and have added to them each year.
“We mentioned to Northumberland County Council area countryside officer Frances Povey, who was based at Bolam at the time, that Emma is very interested in growing things and so she sent six acorns to our granddaughter in the post.
“Everyone in the family is thrilled with what she has achieved and when I received a reply from Blenheim Palace saying it would be interested in taking her samplings, particularly given the fact they were from acorns close to Capability Brown’s birthplace of Kirkharle, we were delighted.”
“Emma can’t wait to go back there in the autumn.”