There are several factors which make a good cricket bat, none more important than the willow used for the blade.
Black Cat is one of the only cricket brands in the world to own its own willow plantation. This gives us the obvious advantage of being able to select the very finest clefts a tree can produce to craft our bats from. Other brands simply do not have this opportunity, and have to accept what a dealer selects for them.
As well as felling willow trees from our plantation to satisfy the demand for our bats, Black Cat also replants saplings to ensure that there will always be a steady supply of our own willow to craft bats from.
The pictures on the right show the Black Cat plantation, as well as some of the felling process.