Mark Chester

The right tree, in the right place – Looking after the trees

The right tree, in the right place – Looking after the trees

Trees are great, and we need to be planting more.  However, too often, what we plant doesn’t produce the long-lasting specimen trees we wish for: trees die, get too big, or have limited impact.  Part of the problem is that we often don’t plant trees suited to their setting.  This is the principle of Right…

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Community woodland is a hub for new skills

Community woodland is a hub for new skills

Warren Woods, in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in North Wales, has been transformed, tree by tree, into an award-winning ‘community woodland’.   It is attracting many visitors  providing permissive public access to the woodland, the opportunity to learn about woodland management, trees and the outdoors, a range of courses in traditional crafts…

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Twywell Plantation: A Northamptonshire gem; from quarry to canopy

Twywell Plantation: A Northamptonshire gem; from quarry to canopy

The Woodland Trust aims to plant and protect trees and woodlands, and to restore damaged ancient woodland.   In 1997, the Trust acquired Twywell Plantation, a 37-acre site in Northamptonshire, which was originally an ironstone quarry*.  It was then planted with larch in 1932 by the Forestry Commission.  In the 1950s, other species were added,…

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