Wilder Doddington planted 330 broadleaved native species trees to kick start a seed bank for natural succession.
The Wilder Doddington team, with 12 Wilder volunteers, planted 330 trees across 6 sites on the Wilder Doddington estate this March. This tree planting was part of our Natural England agreement to restore wildlife and biodiversity to Doddington.
The tree species were Hornbeam, Crab Apple, Wild Cherry, Wild Service, Dogwood, Field Maple, Guelder Rose, Hazel, Midland Hawthorn and Spindle. These native, broadleaved trees and shrubs were selected on the basis that they do not necessarily spread easily, and they are species missing or only appearing in low numbers in our existing ancient semi-natural woodlands. They are wonderful food sources and habitats for wildlife such as small mammals, birds, bees, other insects and their larvae.
The six sites were chosen because they are far from existing woodlands that would naturally provide seeds for natural succession. They will become a seed source over the years for more trees to regenerate naturally. The areas will be fenced off for a number of years to allow them to successfully reach an age where they can survive some browsing from cattle and ponies. We expect scrubby plants such as brambles and blackthorn to grow. Whilst wanting brambles might sound unusual, thorny, undisturbed undergrowth is the habitat that Jays will hide acorns under for the winter. The acorns they don’t eat get the chance to grow inside these natural tree nurseries, safe from being eaten, into mighty oaks.
We are so grateful for our enthusiastic volunteers. If you would like to join our Wilder volunteer team please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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