Ver Valley Cricket Bats Cricket is played keenly in many parts of the world and that fact is well known to Gorhambury Estates. Every seven years or so perhaps 25% of their riverside willows are “culled”.
Specialist contractors J.S.Wright from Great Leighs, Chelmsford, then turn each tree trunk into about 30 to 40 cricket bats (or “blades” as they are known to enthusiasts). This is about to happen again. Prae Close residents have just been warned that 10 trees are to be felled shortly in the riverside paddock adjacent to their road. These will then be replaced with young willows which in turn will be cut in 15 years or so, making it an ongoing crop. It is likely that more willow-cutting will be carried out this year further up the Ver valley, such as behind the Pré Hotel.
The shaping and fitting of the cricket bat handles, usually cane, is the final stage, generally carried out in the FarEast. John Cadisch