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Woodlands chosen for Heritage Status

Woodlands chosen for Heritage Status

Lake District woods among 70 designated heritage sites for the Platinum Jubilee [audio mp3=" highlight of the month has been the exciting news that the woodland the Lake District Council proposed for one of the 70 to be part of the Queen’s Heritage Woodland was chosen.  We had been given advanced notice and received a media…

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Ancient woodland is being restored

Ancient woodland is being restored

Gough’s Coppice, in Church Stretton, Shropshire, covers some 3.87 hectares - only a fragment of the original ancient woodland remains.Acquired by the Woodland Trust in 1997, Poplar, Norway Spruce and Larch had been planted in the 1950s as a timber crop. These trees are being removed and coppicing has been resumed. The impact of this…

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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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Beautiful blanket of bluebells

Beautiful blanket of bluebells

Situated near a quiet country land on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, this 142-acre woodland, managed by the Woodland Trust, who acquired it in 1993, is a hidden gem.  It consists of a mix of SNAW (Semi-Natural Ancient Woodland) and recent planting. The older trees, largely oak and ash, are remnants of the Forest of Selwood, which…

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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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Ancient woodlands to mark Platinum Jubilee

Ancient woodlands to mark Platinum Jubilee

This year marks HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  In addition to the tree planting as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy, there are also plans to recognise 70 ancient woodlands as Platinum Woodlands.  These will receive formal protection.  I have been tasked with finding a woodland within the Lake District to present as our contribution.…

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