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The Plan

Our concept of creating woodmeadow has involved the transformation of an arable field into a thriving woodland ecosystem at Three Hagges Woodmeadow in Yorkshire.  Our vision is to fight back against the decline in biodiversity by creating a network of woodmeadows across the UK.

Planning, plant species selection, ground preparation and planting are only the first steps in creating woodmeadow. Ongoing management is required to avoid a homogeneous woodland structure.  Invasive plants such as bramble and nettles must be controlled because they prevent colonization by native woodland wildflowers.

Thoughtful, timely and consistent management are key to success and long-term monitoring will be the means of measuring it.

How to Create a Woodmeadow

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The Plan in Action

We have used the creation of Three Hagges Woodmeadow to research the ecological and holistic creation of new native woodlands.  We will use this knowledge to support the creation of woodmeadow elsewhere in the UK.

Our project has received a strong endorsement from Natural England, the government’s statutory adviser on nature conservation:

It seems to me that the Woodmeadow Trust is already in a good position to be able to progress the project (Three Hagges Woodmeadow) in collaboration with the community and expert advisers and in so doing will directly contribute to conservation and to the greater understanding of woodlands and woodland creation techniques.
(Jeff Lunn, Area Manager 23.4.13).

The largest area of newly created deciduous woodland in Selby District in the Jubilee year, Three Hagges Woodmeadow is managed by The Woodmeadow Trust, secured on a long-term lease on a peppercorn rent from Escrick Park Estate. It has been planted with the help of the local community and is open to the public for the benefit of the community. The woodmeadow holds enormous potential for educational and recreational events.