Green-tech has supplied the tree planting materials for the creation of a new woodland on the Conholt Park Estate in Hampshire.
Wessex Woodland Management offers bespoke management and contract services to woodland owners throughout the South of England. They were awarded the contract to create the woodland under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. This is a scheme to provide farmers, foresters and land managers with a viable, long-term source of income for delivering environmental benefits on their land. This includes the creation of habitats for wildlife, pollinator plots and increased biodiversity.
Planting on the Conholt Park Estate was carried out by Wessex Woodland Management. This was to increase woodland cover on the estate and provide wildlife habitats and link together existing clumps of woodland. As well as enhance the general landscape and to provide game cover for the estate shoot in the long term.
Green-tech supplied in the region of 15,000 Tubex tree shelters and 14 rolls of mesh tree guards to cover the project needs. The total area planted was 9.31ha, spread across eight compartments with planting density varying from 1100 to 1600 stems per hectare. The sites were planted with predominantly mixed native broadleaves, which were protected using 1.5m tall Tubex tree shelters. A small element of western red cedar and Norway spruce conifers were included and these were protected using 0.75m tall Tubex. Holm oak and woody shrubs were protected by 1.2m tall mesh trees guards.
Wessex Woodland Management included hybrid walnut and wild service trees to enhance the species mix and biodiversity. The species mix varied and was dependent upon the soil type and exposure.