Landscaping is such an important part of the design of this development that a separate Landscape Plan was made. The plan proposes to reinstate a lightly wooded meadow character to the lower former pasture and to re-inforce and preserve the wooded nature of the upper part of the site by careful new management. The removal of a large Cypress tree at the roadside will open up the site and allow new native tree and shrub planting along the roadside. This will enhance the site in the long term, and diversify the currently limited range of species. The exclusion of sheep and deer will increase biodiversity and promote regeneration of a wider range of plant life.
Michael and Anne-Marie are working in collaboration with the Forestry Commission, who will partially grant fund the establishment of a deer fence around the curt ledge of the ancient woodland site, and extended, unbounded moorland where we are extending the woodland.
Similarly, the Woodland Trust have expressed their support by funding the acquisition of approximately 2000 native tree saplings to further the regeneration of the badly degraded ancient woodland. This is excellent news for the site, and for Michael and Anne-Marie in their role as ‘Charter Champions’ (a Charter for trees, woods, and people) as they embark on their very own collaboration and outreach programme.