Site Update: October 2021

Introducing our new site - West Shepton

West Shepton is the most recent addition to our woodland portfolio, located a 3 minute drive away from Paradise Hill on the same side of the valley, looking over Croscombe Hill. Planting of around 4,000 native broadleaf trees is scheduled to take place in November with the support of our forestry experts and Wanderlands team. All the trees have already been sold to UK developer Wilmott Dixon, eyewear multinational INSPECS, community barbershop BASE, green energy specialist Pink Heating, and our technical services partner Stantec.

The native broadleaf woodland is being created to offset the residue carbon from the carbon footprints of their 2020-2021 business activities. Broadleaf woodlands not only absorb harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, but will also provide a biodiverse ecosystem for flora, fauna, and pollinators to thrive in the local area. On the site there is also an old derelict open barn which we will look to restore and use for an educational station.

August & September site activities on Croscombe Hill & Paradise Hill

The planting of new flora and restoration of the onsite Edwardian dew pond are both underway as the main activities for the Autumn months. We’re also going ahead with the second part of hedge cutting and laying to encourage the trees to regenerate, the benefits of which can help prevent soil erosion, capture pollutants, and allow wildlife to move more freely across the countryside.

Our designer has put together a series of information boards that illustrate the sitemap, dew pond, broadleaf trees, leaves, flora, and fauna. Shown below are a couple of the beautiful illustrations you can expect to see of Croscombe Hill’s flora and fauna, commissioned from local artist Martin Alford. As for Paradise Hill, we have been carrying out the Autumn maintenance, including spot spraying for weed control.