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Ever wondered how you might replant a 3-metre high holly tree – here’s what you need: one small digger, one small tractor with bucket to remove soil n clay and replace with compost from muck heap , one man (close friend Ian) holding heavy-duty lifting straps, plus one person (eldest son Adam) to take photograph . . . and lots of patience.Holly tree

Two scratched-arm hours later, one replanted holly. Okay, so it’s not perfectly vertical, but we may have to let nature and sun sort that out. With big thanks to Trevor and Tess of Welland Valley Nurseries for sourcing the Holly and arranging to bring it back from Italy. The nursery have just opened up a retail section – you will find it on Glaston Road, Uppingham – very much worth a visit (call them on 01572 822729.

Our Hereford surrogate mums are now being prepared for re-implanting with more mini embryos in early April. We sorely look forward to the day we don’t have to do,this and just have a naturally bred suckler herd. Of well, another year or two yet.