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Aspirations into Reality - How we're Building the Woodmeadow Network

We're extending the Woodmeadow initiative throughout the UK.

A generous grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has enabled us to employ Dan Carne as Woodmeadow Officer. Dan has already received over 40 enquiries regarding woodmeadow creation. With Dan's knowledge, inspiration and advocacy these enquiries are being followed up with individual tailored advice. We have three major projects underway in Yorkshire, as well as in Harrow and Keele University.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss woodmeadow creation:

How Big (or Small) can a Woodmeadow be?

Woodmeadow can be interpreted on a wide variety of scales. Wood and meadow and, ideally, some water or a pond, can be incorporated in many spaces and designs.  For example:

  • A corner of a garden could suffice;
  • The edge of a local playing field could be adapted;
  • An area of unproductive farmland could be transformed;
  • An extraction site could be imaginatively restored with woodmeadow across higher ground and around boundaries;
  • An 18-hole golf course only needs a hectare or two of fine turf - the rest could be woodmeadow;
  • Housing developments could include woodmeadow screening;
  • Transport corridors are often on the verge of being woodmeadow!
  • A whole farm could be developed as woodmeadow and sensitively grazed.

The simple concept of woodmeadow offers endless possibilities.

How Can Woodmeadow be Used?

One local farmer is successfully creating and managing 40 acres of land along woodmeadow lines, for poultry and sheep. A number of other forms of agro-forestry are being explored.

We are interested to learn of other examples of how woodmeadow can be used.

Management - a 'Bottom-up" Approach

The broadbrush equation is "the larger the area, the less intense the management".  However, it's worth taking the trouble in the early days to encourage a diverse native ground flora - as true to the local ancient meadow and woodland flora as possible. 

Initially it's important to have a zero-tolerance approach to invasive weeds. They will surely come in time, but it's best to allow more fragile ground flora species a chance to become established.

Carbon and Climate Change

The Climate Change Committee has stated the need to increase tree planting rates up to 30,000 hectares per year. We endorse the establishment of many more trees - but planting trees is not the same as creating woodland. Let's seize the opportunity to restore biodiversity at the same time. A win-win for carbon sequestration and wildlife.

How to Create a Woodmeadow

For details on how to create a woodmeadow please download our guide below: