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Family beginnings

The flagship site, Three Hagges Woodmeadow in Yorkshire, is on land which has been in the Forbes Adam family for 350 years.

The project started in 2012 as a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.  The initial idea for a woodland was suggested by Charlie Forbes Adam.  His son Beilby, with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Sheffield University, proposed that flowers should also be part of the design.  And so 'woodmeadow' was born.

The project was taken up by Rosalind Forbes Adam, married to Charlie, together with conservation consultant Tango Fawcett and horticulturalist Lin Hawthorne.  With help from the Woodland Trust, grant aid was sought from the Forestry Commission.

Creating the charity

In 2013 the Woodmeadow Trust was formed as a charity with five trustees (CIO number 1151831).

The objects of the charity are:

  • To promote for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment in and around Three Hagges Woodmeadow by promoting biological diversity, and
  • To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, in particular in relation to the creation and management of biodiverse meadow and woodland.
The Woodmeadow Trust team

Since the early days, the Woodmeadow Trust has grown.  We now have a Patron, eight trustees, a core team of five staff, a strong body of research associates, a growing number of Friends and Supporters and an invaluable group of volunteers.

To find out more about the Team at The Woodmeadow Trust click here.

Combining woodland with meadow

Between 2012 and 2013 we sowed fine grass and wildflower seed and planted some 10,000 trees and shrubs at Three Hagges Woodmeadow. At almost ten hectares (25 acres) we believe the wood to be the largest plantation of newly created, deciduous native woodland in the Jubilee year in the Selby District of Yorkshire.

With a long lease at a peppercorn rent, we are able to provide an uncommon degree of continuity and knowledge in managing and nurturing the woodmeadow.

Planted with the help of the local community, the wood is open to all dawn till dusk and is very accessible, bordering the A19 between Riccall and Escrick, Yorkshire.