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25-acre community woodland plan for farmland at Escrick Park Estate
PLANS have been unveiled for a 25-acre community woodland near York in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
It will feature native wildflowers, fine grasses and “meandering pathways” for the benefit of the public.
The woodland is being set up as a not-for-profit enterprise with assistance from the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust, and it will be managed by Hagge Woods Trust, a registered charity which has been offered a 35-year rent free lease by the estate.
Trust chair Rosalind Forbes Adam, who has designed and master-minded the woodland with her son Beilby, said their goal was to “raise the bar for beauty and ecological diversity” in the creation of new woodland which the community could enjoy.
“This will be a wood with a difference,” she said. The problem with most new woodlands is that the focus is very much on the tree planting and little thought goes into managing the diversity of plant life on the ground, the basis of the eco-system. I want to make sure that Three Hagges Wood is not only a beautiful place for residents to visit but also supports a diverse range of wildlife, which is why every species of plant has been selected for its value to birds, small mammals, bees, butterflies and other wildlife.”
Biologist Lin Hawthorne said: “We aim to create a haven for many species of wildflower that have become endangered during the last century. Between 60 and 65 per cent of wood and grassland flowers have declined in the past 60 years. By the end of this year, we will have also have planted over 10,000 native trees and shrubs.”
Guests from across Yorkshire and beyond attended a special Drinks In The Meadow party to hear details of the woodland.
People can support the woodland project by becoming a Friend of Hagge Woods Trust and having a “Square Share” created in their name. The trust is also looking for volunteers who can help with planting, weeding, tree care, woodland walks and wildlife workshops.
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