My hawthorn continues to grow now that it is in the ground. Being in the ground seems to be so much better for the tree as opposed to being in the pot. It must be a lot more stressful in a pot than being in the ground. It is probably something the tree needs to get used to in time.
Here is a picture of the new growth appearing on the tree.
A very promising sight indeed! Also I’ve noticed today that my deeply dormant oak has started sprouting as well. However I might have the same problem with both of them being that the growth is happening quite low down the tree. If nothing happens further up the branches there will have to be some extensive carving and deadwood forming. There is no way i’m going to chuck away the bizarre branching on my hawthorn.