After surveying, the first job was to plant a hedgerow along the exposed edge. We planted a good mix of 700 native and wildlife friendly trees without tree guards. Beech, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Buckthorn, Dogwood, Elder, Hazel, Field Maple, Guelder rose, Spindle Crab apple, and Holly.
With help from some fantastic volunteers we planted a further 6000 trees (no tree guards). Two Alder windbreaks, three coppice areas; Hazel, Small-leaf Lime and Sweet Chestnut, and several mixed woodland areas of Birch, Scots pine, Rowan, Willow, Cherry, Field Maple, Oak & Ash.
Access track and meadow strip
We watched the saplings as they were virtually annihilated by deer and mice. We held our nerve and concentrated on scything the areas for the creation of woodland rides and meadows.
Forest floor habitat
The saplings survived and were putting on new growth. The trees had put energy into their root development and some were now coming back multi stemmed. We then focused on collecting and bringing leaf mulch, woodchip and interesting and rotting logs for our new forest floor.
We re-homed approximately 100 ton of rock from a local demolition project and created habitat piles for reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
Six wildlife ponds have been dug, lined and filled with rocks. This was also the year we registered as a charitable organisation.