15,000 trees for local beauty spot

THOUSANDS of trees will be planted in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty after one on of the UK’s largest biodynamic farms was awarded a grant.

Shire Farm in Hagworthingham will plant approximately 15,000 trees after it successfully applied for funding from the Forestry Commission to enhance the existing woodland at the 500 acre site.

Site manager Kate Urry said: “So far we’ve planted 3,500 trees already, including beech, willow, walnut, oak, chestnut, ash, birch, poplar, hornbeam, whitebeam, lime and other species.

“We applied for the Woodland Creation Grant in 2010 and I’m so pleased our application has been successful as it means we’ll be able to plant even more woodlands which will be a valuable addition to the farm.

“We are also planning to underplant the woodland with a carpet of native bulbs and wild flowers.”

The farm’s neighbours at Snipe Dales Country Park and Nature Reserve are also pleased with the news.

Warden Peter Graces said: “We are very pleased that our neighbours have taken up the woodland creation grant scheme. It will enhance the work that we have done and continue to do in the Snipe Dales reserve and will undoubtedly have a beneficial affect on all woodland birds.