WELLOW WOOD

THE SITE

The aim of this project is to create something for the owner to be proud of, enhancing a small area of degraded farm land into an area designated for trees and wildlife.
Planting plans shall consider water movements, local wildlife diversity, and carbon storage.

TREES

The new woodland will incorporate 20 different native trees species. Some of the carefully chosen species will sequester carbon at a rapid rate. Once the trees are established and some reach maturity, regular, selective removal of individual trees for timber production, which have locked in their carbon, will simulate the natural cycle within a woodland. This natural cycle, simulates the creation of open pockets within the woodland that will encourage the natural regeneration of the woodland, diversifying the woodland structure as new saplings establish and will also allow the surrounding trees to grow quicker and larger, locking up even more carbon.

CARBON

The conversion of low-production farmland to woodland will not only mean the woodland will be locking away carbon into the timber and soils but the transformation will instantly reduce their carbon footprint as land will be taken out of short-rotation crops, which otherwise releases soil carbon and emits carbon in the use of chemicals and machinery.

BIODIVERSITY

The previous land use, lacked in species diversity but have some features that will be assimilated into the planting scheme. The already established hedgerows will be allowed to grow out and expand, the wildflowers of the grassland will be encouraged to colonise new glades and rides. The long-term woodland management will maintain these open habitats within the woodland to enhance the site’s overall biodiversity.

WATER QUALITY AND QUANTITY

Poor farming practices have led to disturbance of the underlying land drainage systems causing surface run off and soil and nutrient erosion. The planting of trees aims to impede the flow of water across the site, reducing siltation of the adjacent streams and ponds, and decreasing rates of flooding further along the catchment area.

PEOPLE AND ACCESS

There is a public right of way currently running through the site. This footpath has been incorporated into the scheme design and the ongoing maintenance of rides will allow visitors to explore the connecting permissive paths around the compartments, and watch the woodland grow.

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