The new trees of School Knot Wood

Last week I visited a new native woodland that I was heavily involved in planning and then planting - School Knot Wood at Windermere. This wood is roughly 11 years old and has transformed a bland, overgrazed, grassy hillside into a haven for wildlife on the doorstep of the town. I watched a roe buck in the trees less than 80m from the houses. The ancient woodland plants are recovering from 200 years of grazing and are in full flower; the old oak trees are surrounded by their offspring and the woodland is in the early stages of becoming naturalised. In 100 years, it will be hard to tell that this is a planted wood.

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