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Fruits and Flowers: Roundlet Wood, a Colourful Corner of The National Forest

Tuesday, 9th March 2010

In total, almost 2,600 British native trees have been planted on this site as part of a National Forest Changing Landscapes Scheme (CLS).  A new pond has been dug out and an old Hessle pear orchard has been given a new lease of life with fruit trees such as Newton Wonders, Blenheim Orange, conference pears and greengage plums.

The woodland will be full of colour in years to come: over two thousand English bluebells and snakes head fritillaries have been planted and new meadows sown.

Roundlet Wood has been created by Gillian and Peter Innocent of Melbourne as part of The National Forest through CLS. ‘The help and advice from the team at the National Forest Company has been invaluable,’ said Gillian, ‘but special thanks go to Angus Hancock of Cameron Forest and Garden Ltd. who also runs the Gardeners Bothy at Staunton Harold. Angus listened to our ideas, drew up this brilliant plan, and, as project manager, was second to none.’

‘The wood will take a few years to establish,’ said Peter, ‘but we have a wonderful array of wildlife already, including redwings, lapwings, red legged partridges and buzzards. We are still waiting for a barn owl to take up residence in its box!’

Roundlet Wood should be open to visitors by mid-April. Parking is available at the Melbourne Recreation Ground.

The National Forest Company can help anyone who has land within The National Forest, however large or small, and is interested in planting trees and creating new habitats for wildlife.  Contact Matt Brocklehurst at the National Forest Company on 01283 551211.