The first new trees have been planted under the Breaking New Ground project.

The Euston Estate has undertaken to plant 1km of new Pineline and to restore a further 350m. Pine lines are the most familiar and iconic feature of the Brecks landscape. They comprise long, straight lines of Scots Pines, marching across the landscape and silhouetted against the sky. They sometimes grow tall and straight but are more often contorted into dramatic patterns.

The lines were originally planted as hedges. The young, clipped pines provided a good windbreak for the crops in adjacent fields and survived well in the arid and often acidic soils of the area. A handful of examples are still managed as hedges, but the overwhelming majority have long since been allowed to grow into lines of mature trees.

So far as the evidence goes, most of the pine lines were established in the period between 1815 and 1825, though they continued to be planted right through the 19th century. They were a short-term fashion, perhaps promoted by some entrepreneurial local nurseryman.

The Euston Estate will be planted the pot grown trees in double lines for extra dramatic impact. Each tree will be 10 m apart. The trees have been grown in pots by Barcham Trees of Ely to give them a better chance of surviving the dry conditions of the Brecks.

Norfolk FWAG is managing the Pine Lines and Pine Connections as part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme. If you are interested in restoring existing lines on your land in the Brecks Area contact advice@norfolkfwag.co.uk for more information.