Norwich City Council is planting two thousand new trees at West Earlham Woods this month to boost biodiversity.
Small trees such as hawthorn, guelder rose, hazel and plum are being planted in an area of the woodland that was cleared earlier this year of several unsafe sycamore trees.
Norwich City Council has purchased the trees using Section 106 funding, and the project is being managed by the Norwich Fringe Project. The planting is being carried out by volunteers from The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and The Friends of West Earlham Woods.
Norwich City Council councillor Matthew Packer, cabinet member for parks and open spaces said: “By introducing these tree species, we can manage their growth and the age structure of the woodland, which in turn will create new habitats, nectar and food sources, as well as nesting sites for birds and other wildlife.
“This work is in addition to the nine-hundred larger tree species planted in March this year in another area of the woodland.”
Noel Debbage from the Friends of West Earlham Woods, said: “The work carried out earlier this year has increased light onto the woodland floor, and we’re hoping for even better flowering this spring, including the carpet of beautiful bluebells. We’ve already seen an increase in wild garlic which is great.
“The smaller woodland edge trees being planted will make the area even more attractive – not just to us but to all the insects that like flowers, and all the birds that like insects!”