Restoration programme sees hundreds of native tree saplings planted at Oakley Wood - The Leamington Observer

Restoration programme sees hundreds of native tree saplings planted at Oakley Wood

HUNDREDS of native tree saplings have been planted at Oakley Wood as part of a restoration programme.

The work, by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) and Warwick District Council, aims to return the ancient woodland to its historical form by planting broadleaved trees.

The project has seen the removal of conifer trees introduced after the Second World War to provide more light and space for the saplings to grow.

Nick Feledziak from the WWT, who is managing the project explained: “By early March we will have planted around 600 broadleaved trees. The future canopy trees are mostly oak, but will be supplemented with cherry, hornbeam, wild service and small-leaved lime. We are also planting understorey trees and some faster growing species including field maple, blackthorn, alder, birch and hazel. Planting is at low density to allow natural seed dispersal to fill any gaps. With good management, we will not only improve the biodiversity and sustainability of the woodland, but also produce high quality timber, for which I hope forest managers in 100 years’ time will thank us for.”

Warwick District councillor Alan Rhead added: “It’s hugely encouraging to see this important work which will help to restore, enhance and sustain this beautiful woodland nearing completion. With spring in the air and all pathways fully open and walkable, we hope that visitors can now come and enjoy seeing this natural space come into bloom.”

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