Unique to the industry, Gray-Nicolls grow only the finest English willow for the production of their cricket bats. Salix Caerulea or Alba Var varieties are grown and harvested by the Company in a willow replenishment programme pioneered nearly 100 years ago. The clefts are air-dried for approximately six weeks to ensure perfect moisture content and the very best performance. Every aspect of the bat-making process is carefully overseen to guarantee a product of excellent quality. All bats are given a final quality control inspection. Performance is tested using a Lignum Vitae mallet. In this way the world renowned quality and performance of Gray-Nicolls bats is ensured.