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Our Vision

Creating a wood is not just about planting trees…
We do not believe that the simple planting of trees is the same as creating a woodland.  In planting wood-meadow we want to raise the bar for both beauty and biodiversity, and restore joy and wonder to our woodland ecosystems. This will include that essential element of the woodland tapestry: a diverse ground flora that is typically found within ancient and semi-natural British woodland, and in the more open field layer that lies in glades and rides between stands of trees.
Making up for losses
According to the State of Nature Report 2013, the losses in biodiversity during the past century include the disappearance of almost 97% of flower rich meadows, a drastic loss in hedgerows, and at least 90% of coppice woodland between 1900 and 1970. Despite an increase of 7% in the area of broadleaved woodland in the UK since 1990, the diversity of woodland flowers has declined by almost 20%.  In the State of Nature Report 2016, 56% of our species were reported to be under threat.  

Three Hagges Wood-Meadow seed mixes

The meadows and glades at of Three Hagges Wood-Meadow are sown with lowland meadow flora, to replicate the floodplain meadows that once were so much a part of the rural heritage on the fertile Ouse-Derwent floodplain. Our site-specific meadow mixes form the base of the ecological pyramid that is the feeding and breeding place for an incredible diversity of insects, birds and mammals.

The whole ecosystem
We do not wish to focus on single species conservation, but on the ecosystem as a whole. We want to ensure that every new wood-meadow includes grassland merging into a graduated woodland edge (a close equivalent to lost hedgerows) with flowering and fruiting shrubs and small trees, ranging through to a high canopy of forest trees. With sympathetic management, this will produce the structural diversity that provides a haven for a wide range of wildlife, buzzing with insects, alive with birdsong and replete with the wild flowers and grasses they all depend on. 
Our nursery

A nursery area near the Wood-Meadow has been set up where seed, primarily of local provenance, is being sown by volunteers and nurtured into mature plants to enhance the site with further species typical of meadow and ancient woodland.