PRS005 YEOMADON FARM

OVERVIEW

To be created by the afforestation of 4 pastoral fields, the woodland at Yeomadon is designed to convert an area of low habitat and production value into a diverse and sustainable mixed woodland. The core of the woodland area is to be comprised of commercial species including Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, lodgepole pine and western red cedar. This will contribute to providing a renewable and sustainable source of quality British timber, capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide and maximising the quantity of Co2 locked up in timber products long into the future. The conifer areas will be surrounded with a mix of native broadleaved species to maximise the biodiversity potential of the scheme. These areas will be retained and not clearfelled and connect to existing broadleaved woodland blocks, providing valuable connectivity and integrating the woodland into the wider landscape. The woodland will also contribute towards local forestry jobs as the trees are cared for during the planting, establishment and eventually harvesting stage of their life cycle.

The site owner’s business includes a series of coarse fishing ponds, and these adjoin the scheme to the north. A sensitively designed broadleaved section will connect the core woodland area to the ponds, and provide an attractive backdrop to the site. Afforestation of the area as a whole is designed to assist the drainage of the site, slowing the rate of surface water flow and improving the quality of the local soils by reducing waterlogging.

The site will be protected from deer and rabbit damage by fencing, allowing the trees to be established as quickly and efficiently as possible, and maximising the future timber potential of the conifer areas. The various compartments of species will be connected by grass rides, which will run through the woodland and allow good management of the trees as they mature.

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Key Aims

34,045 Trees

18.35 Ha

646 CO2 sequestered

Additional Benefits

Timber & species

Ecosystems & biodiversity

Air quality

THE SITE

To create a diverse and productive woodland, which will sequester atmospheric Co2, provide biodiversity benefit, contribute to provision of sustainable British timber and convert from unproductive land management on moderate grassland fields as well as enhancing the local landscape.

TREES

Species have been chosen to provide good growth on the site, and are to be managed in such a way as to maximise timber quality. This will ensure that as much of the timber is used for long-term use (and long term lock up) of carbon as possible.

CARBON

Productive species have been chosen to sequester atmospheric carbon as rapidly as possible, before long term lockup following felling. Other areas of the wood will focus on on-site sequestration, as areas of low intervention where trees will be retained in the long term.

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

BIODIVERSITY

Open rides, open areas surrounding nearby sites of interes (biodiversity and archaeological) and mixtures of long-term retention broadleaves are designed to maximise the biodiversity potential of the woodland by creating a mosaic mixed habitat, ranging from conifer stand to open grassy rides and sunny verges.

WATER QUALITY AND QUANTITY

The trees selected are suitable for wet sites, and their presence will slow the rate of water reaching nearby streams during periods of heavy rain. Rain will also be slower to reach the ground, and so instances of localised flooding on the fields will be reduced.

PEOPLE AND ACCESS

The wood gives opportunity to enhance the local environment surrounding users of the nearby fishery ponds, by providing an attractive backdrop and eventually space for quiet recreation of the guests of the owner’s holiday let business, once the trees have established.

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