Broadleaf Tree Planting

Warwick District Council has provided this press release regarding tree planting in Oakley Wood following the recent maintenance work:

26 February 2021

Broadleaf Tree Planting commences at Oakley Wood

A winter restoration programme at Oakley Wood to promote the establishment of native broadleaved trees is now nearing completion with the planting of hundreds of saplings.

The work which is being undertaken by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Warwick District Council, has seen the removal of conifer trees planted after the Second World War. This is to provide more light and space for the native species to grow, helping to return the ancient woodland to its historic form.

Nick Feledziak from the WWT, who is managing the project explains:

“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 Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Alan Rhead adds:

“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.”

Pictured planting trees are Warwickshire Wildlife Trust staff members L-R: Faye Irvine, Kat Reay, Pete Thorne and Nick Feledziak.