MF001 ROBEY’S FARM

OVERVIEW

Designed to create new native broadleaf woodland that extends and connects existing woodland habitats. The scheme comprises of five separate compartments primarily aimed at creating greater habitat connectivity across the landscape, but also aimed at capturing carbon and eventually providing woodland products for local markets.

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Key Aims

18,430 Trees

14.02 Ha

2598T CO2 sequestered

Additional Benefits

Visual landscape

Ecosystems & biodiversity

Communities, People and Access

THE SITE

The woodland will comprise of a range different native species selected for their suitability to the sites. The range of species will also help the woodland be more resilient against future pests and diseases, helping ensure that it continues to thrive in the future. The planting will transform the degraded farmland into a native, mixed broadleaf copse that links into the surrounding habitats. By connecting the fragmented habitats, the planting has the potential to bolster the local landscape’s resilience to threats such as climate change, as the habitat becomes bigger, better and more joined up. The woodland will also boost the delivery of localised ecosystem services. The trees will lock up carbon as they grow, improve local water quality and water retention as their roots absorb and filter rainwater, increase the soil fertility as their leaves fall, adding to the organic matter, replenishing the lost soil quality. The stocking density to be used will be 1600 stems per hectare or planted area excluding open space. All planting blocks will be fenced to reduce the browsing damage to the new shoots. The woodland blocks will be strategically planted to create open space as rides and contribute to the shoot on the estate.

TREES – TIMBER AND SPECIES

The new woodland will require a total of 18430 trees. Thinning of the trees will be required to maintain a healthy woodland block.

COMMUNITIES. PEOPLE AND ACCESS

A public footpath runs from east to west close to 3 of the new woodland blocks, but does not run through them or along their border. Various access tracks around the farm connect the different woodland blocks. The larger planting blocks have been designed with access rides through them.

CARBON

All compartments have been planted with the aim of capturing Carbon as an additional benefit both environmentally and financially. Broadleaf trees have been chosen, with some species purposefully chosen to rapidly sequester carbon. The conversion of low-production farmland to woodland will increase the carbon storage of the habitat

The Grown in Britain Canopy Metrics ensure that all of our projects are independently audited, designed and delivered to exemplary standards.

BIODIVERSITY & ECOSYSTEMS

This project aims to extend and connect existing pockets of woodland habitat for diverse bird, mammal and insect species by year 10. In the larger blocks, the planting will create other habitats such as open glades and paths with scrubby edges which are often wildlife hotspots as they can support a mix of both wooded and non-wood flora.

LANDSCAPE

The planting of the woodland has been strategically designed to enhance the landscape and contribute to the shoot.

WATER QUALITY AND QUANTITY

This project scored 72 points on it’s EWCO application for improved water quality over 14.49 ha of the site. The trees will improve local water quality and water retention as their roots absorb and filter rainwater. The woodland will reduce surface run off during the winter and retain moisture during the spring.

SOILS

The trees will increase the soil fertility as their leaves fall, adding to the organic matter, replenishing the lost soil quality from agricultural rotations over the years. The soils are freely draining slightly acid loamy soils with a low fertility and carbon storage currently.

AIR QUALITY

The area is listed as having poor air quality – improvements from tree planting will be significant.