A year and a half ago we approached the Woodland Trust, through their 'FreeWoods' scheme, for funding to help with the planting of a woodland. At the time the scheme had finished but their advisors suggested applying for the funding through the Forestry commision and offered to help us with the application and planning. The discussion progressed and we were soon learning of a new planting method they were trialing; soil inversion.
We loved the idea; inverting the soil to a depth of one metre, and so taking the heavily fertilised top soil (the site has been a rented out grain crop field for many years and regularly fertilised) to a lower depth thus encouraging strong root growth for the saplings, burying the weed seed bank, and, by replacing the rich topsoil with the poorer subsoil, creating a perfect planting medium for wildflowers. :-)
The ground would not be bare, we would have less of a weed problem than traditional woodland plantings, which are kept weed free by routine doses of weed killer. By planting a mix of flowers and meadow grasses amongst the trees and in the clearings we would be creating such a beautiful environment rich in colour smells, and wildlife....the perfect dream! :-)
so today's news....we have the funding! :-) :-)
We will be planting about 6000 trees this winter and would very much appreciate any help! :-)
I'll keep you posted with dates and progresss :-)
lee x :-)