Brian purchased some woodland in Bere Regis several years ago and has recently added to the original woodlands with another 160 acres of farmland that is currently being use for both cattle and arable farming. In September, this year (2013) the farmland will start to return to its ancient state and become once again a woodland. It will provide a corridor for wildlife and a recreational space to be enjoyed by all.
Over the next year, we will be planting 100,000 mixed trees which will not only provide a varying canopy height but will also provide a variation from dappled to dense shade. The woodlands will have over 60 acres of open area and with hazel coppice and other tree coppices that will provide homes for a multitude of wildlife.
We hope the new scheme will complement the existing area and will provide a wonderful space for all creatures including humans to enjoy. Part of the land has been retained by the Parish to be used for a village school and a nature reserve that will link to the newly named “May's Woods”
There are Special protection areas already within the vicinity and this woodland scheme will complement the existing areas.
There are no plans to introduce any new wildlife species into the woodland. We will be working with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the residents of Bere Regis to assess the impact of the renovation on existing flora and fauna and to adapt our plans appropriately.