The woodland was planted in February 1993 with a wide range of native trees and shrubs. Native species were used as these are best adapted to the local environment and support the widest range of wildlife. For example, the oak trees can support in excess of 250 different insect species
Tree species within the woodland include oak, ash, hornbeam, small-leaved lime, wild cherry and birch. Shrub species include hazel, field maple, goat willow, elder and guelder rose. The ground flora has, amongst other species, bluebells, wild garlic and wild strawberries.
Old wood has been piled-up and left as habitat piles to rot – creating a good habitat for creatures such as spiders, beetles, insect larvae, newts and hedgehogs.
Apart from their intrinsic value; many of the creatures living in the woodland, will feed on garden pests, keeping their population in balance.Original Design: Stella Caws Some, or all of the above text may have originally been published by HDRA/Garden Organic (www.gardenorganic.org.uk) and is reproduced here, with their kind permission.