There is a range of woodland at Forrest Hills with an abundance of wildlife.

There are two small mature woods.

Hazelrigg Wood is approximately 4 acres and is to the left of the entrance road. It was once once part of the Bailrigg Estate (what is now Lancaster University) and was planted to provide cover for the estate’s shooting. It contains oak, ash, silver birch, beech, wych elm and sycamore. Ten years ago the sycamore was coppiced to reduce its dominance and allow the native species to flourish. It is a haven for birds and animals.

Blea Tarn Wood is on the hillside above the fly fishery and is about 3 acres in size. It is a more open wood which has been grazed in the past so has less undergrowth. Since the grazing has stopped bluebells have returned.

There are some very large beech and oak trees. One area of Corsican Pine planted by George Newsham in 1970 was cut to provide the roof supports for the new resource centre. This has opened up a clearing which will again encourage flowers and the regeneration of native saplings.

There are also mature trees along the line of the River Conder. Where thinning, coppicing or clearing of storm damaged trees takes place the wood is logged on site and used to provide renewable energy in our lodges and Resource Centre.

In 1992 the first new area of woodland was planted along with the construction of the fly fishing lake. This 2.5 acre wood is actually shown as original woodland on early maps. Once grazing stopped and the trees provided some cover the wildflowers began to grow – a sure sign of an area of original woodland.

On the golf course there are 9 new woodland plantations ranging in age from 13 years, planted when the golf course was first created in 1996, to the newest one alongside the entrance road planted in 2009. The first area of this woodland was coppiced in the winter of 2009/2010 and the intention is to do soon a seven year rotation to provide a fully sustainable source of fuel for our wood burning stoves.

In total over 3000 native species of trees have been planted since 1996. These are made up of oak, ash, rowan, silver birch, Scots pine, Guelder rose, dog rose, holly, hazel, hornbeam, horse chestnut, alder, beech, willow and wych elm. Wherever possible we are trying to link these areas of woodland together with existing woods and hedgerows to provide wildlife ‘corridors’.

bluebells in wood


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