AN organic dairy is hoping from little acorns mighty oak trees will grow as it tries to restock its farm.
Age and countless storms have taken their toll on hearty oaks at Acorn Dairy, Darlington.
As part of the farm’s environmental ethos, its management is appealing to its 3,500 customers across the North-East to find, plant and grow an acorn.
Eventually they hope to attract between 100 and 150 saplings to plant on their farm at Archdeacon Newton.
“We have been steadily losing trees in winds over the years,” said Acorn director Graham Tweddle.
“We have left some where they have fallen because they create habitat for countless species, including birds and insects. But we really do need to fill some of the holes.”
As well as replacing fallen trees he also plans to plant a copse next to the new 1.5 million gallon lagoon and freshly sown wild grass meadow.
The business went organic more than 10 years ago and operates farms at Archdeacon Newton, near Darlington, Spennithorne in Wensleydale and Nafferton, near Corbridge.
It produces 72,000 litres of milk a week for customers all over the North, from Northumberland to North Yorkshire.