In addition to the areas of plantation woodland on the nature reserve itself, we manage three areas of ancient woodland around the nature reserve: Barnsdale, Armley and Hambleton Woods. From time to time the woodland needs a boost to aid tree regeneration and help keep the woodland system healthy. This activity will involve the planting of around 500 saplings over the course of the day, and the fixing of stakes and tubes to protect the young trees from browsing by mice, voles, rabbits and deer. The tree species have been specially selected to compliment the existing woodland and maximise its value for biodiversity.

Your group will be led by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s expert staff and volunteers, who will provide all the training and equipment you need, and an introduction to some of our native wildlife and tree species.

This activity requires a good level of fitness – work will be undertaken on uneven ground within and established woodland. Participants must dress appropriately for a day of outdoor activity, bearing in mind the time of year and the day’s weather forecast, and ensure we are aware of any health or mobility problems in advance. Walking boots and a waterproof coat are essential. We will provide all tools and PPE. Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. Your team will be eating out on the reserve so we would advise picnic type food.

This activity is suitable for a group of 10-12 people and will cost £700.00. We have two slots available, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

For more information contact our Community Engagement Officer via community @rutlandwater.org.uk

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