Small Woodland Management
at Hendurnpike Woods

The environmental history, topography and past land management of this area of riparian woodland has dictated the way we have looked after the land and its occupants(birds and bugs).An established, broadleaf woodland with an area of alder carr.

· Tree Planting
o We have greatly increased the number of trees, reinstated and planted hedges and coppice.
· Coppicing
o The cutting of wood, in particular hazel, near its base to produce long poles to make hurdles on a 5-7year cycle.
· Dead Wood, Brush Piles and Ivy
o The standing dead wood, brush piles and some of the ivy are left for the benefit of birds insect and small mammals.
· Ground Storey
o The ground storey has been managed to encourage the regeneration of woodland plants and ferns.

· Bluebells, wood anenomes, celandine, stitchwort, wood avens, marsh marigold, sanicle, meadowsweet, honeysuckle, red campion, foxglove, woodruff, rosebay willowherb, violet, primrose, cowslip, flag iris, cuckoo flower, wood sorrel, pignut, pennywort and many more.
· Along with a few aliens that have come down the river!!! The dreaded Knotweed, Skunk Cabbage, Montbretia, Ramsons and Himalayan Balsalm

· Other Land Management Practices
Bird boxes (40+), Beehive, Fruit area, Stands of rooted Christmas trees, hedge laying, otter holt, path establishment maintenance using waste wood, bracken beating and some bramble removal, thinning of trees for light, river bank maintenance, rubbish clearance, wood collected from river, encouragement of natural regeneration of trees, occasional selective use of strimmer and chain saw, sale of firewood and young trees, collection of fallen leaves for composting

· Activities
o Bird watching, visits by local wildlife WATCH children's group. Short courses provided on green woodwork, habitat management, reading the landscape and woodland plant identification. Monitoring of bugs and plants.

· Future Plans
o At present we are unable to live in the woodland. There is an old agricultural barn that could be converted into a residence, but because the site is outside the unitary development area, we can envisage a possible struggle with the local council to have the right to live on our land. Watch this space!

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