After four painstaking years of clearing overgrowth, chopping back rhododendron, opening up pathways and restoring the woodland – we now need to find out which trees have survived!
We know that trees were planted from all over the world but many have lost their labels and some have perished – we want to create the first survey for over 20 years so that we can find out what treasures remain in this woodland and share it with visitors and tree enthusiasts.
How the funding will be spent
We have funding for a rangefinder to measure tree heights and the distances between them – essential information for managing tree health as well as creating maps – but we also need to establish a few data points from which we can map the remaining trees with tape measures and protractors. These GPS systems need to work accurately underneath tree canopy and in a valley, and so they are expensive. We are seeking funds to rent a forestry GPS and funds to bring volunteers to start the mapping.
How this will benefit the community
Once we have the woodland mapped we can create up to date records, and collate historical data to give us a complete overview of what we have in the woodland. It will help us to better manage the trees as we will update the labelling and numbering system, and keep records on tree health. We will, at last, be in a position to create a visitor map to share with guests and volunteers.
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