A surprising amount of work goes on behind the scenes to keep the Estate’s woodlands healthy. Left to nature, woods develop a thick canopy of mature trees, which cuts out sunlight to the woodland floor and prevents the growth of brambles, bushes and young trees where ground-dwelling birds and animals live.
To make sure the Estate's 400 acres of woodland remain healthy and will still be here in another 500 years, thousands of new trees are planted each year. As well as planting new trees, a programme of selective felling of mature trees opens up the canopy allowing the undergrowth and associated wildlife to flourish.
Keeping trees healthy
It's advisable to check trees regularly for signs of disease, which can make them vulnerable in bad weather and high winds.
Find out more about the signs of dangerous or hazardous trees.
If you have any concerns about the health of trees in your garden or on your land, consult an expert.
Woodland Management Plan
To make sure that the Estate's woodland remains healthy, in 2016, we put together a draft Woodland Management Plan for approval by the Forestry Commission. You can read draft Plan by clicking on the link below:
Comments regarding the Farnley Estates' draft Woodland Management Plan should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The planting season
Traditionally the tree-planting season starts in autumn and finishes late spring around Easter time. This season, around 2,000 trees, including oak, birch, cherry and chestnut, were planted before Christmas at various locations around the Estate. Traditionally considered indigenous to the English countryside, the mix of trees will maintain the ecological balance of our existing woodlands. A further 4,000 trees were planted after Christmas.
“By continually planting new trees, we make sure we have a mix of trees of different species and different ages. It also helps to conserve the biodiversity of our wildlife by providing a range of habitats,” said Paul Elgar, Estate Manager.
In fact, “The variation in groundcover is vital for our wildlife. Brambles protect ground-nesting birds, while holly, which keeps its leaves in the winter, breaks up the deep snow allowing foraging animals to find food whatever the weather,” said Paul.
As well as maintaining existing woodland, the Estate’s extensive tree planting programme will also increase the overall area of the woodland in certain areas, and provide avenues of trees along some existing tracks and roads.