By Charles Bradley - 26th April 2020 6:00am
Part 2 — Let's go wild!
Once the Woodland Trustees had made the decision to set aside approximately 2,500m2 of the woodland as an area that could be allowed to go "wild", it was necessary to decide how we would do it. It would, of course, be perfectly possible to leave everything to nature. However, our experiment was intended to last for perhaps ten or fifteen years and it would take a lot longer than that for the tall but matchstick-thin oak trees to die, fall down and eventually to admit light to an understorey that had been bathed in gloom for years. Our idea, therefore, was to have a "managed wilding", rather than just allowing the area to develop by benign neglect.
So what will happen next? The ultimate objective is to have an area which is unavailable to dogs and people and dense enough to give privacy, peace & quiet to the timid and shy birds and small animals that could not previously find a home in our woodland. The brambles will be allowed to grow unimpeded and a number of stands of hazel will be planted, to create a differently-dense environment.