Thursday, 30 May 2013

Spring Wood and beyond

Besides the Hall, and its surrounding 600 acres of farmland, the Hall also has a small woodland - situated alongside the north-west boundary of the Estate. It is not accessible to the public, as it is home to a number of rare plants and a haven for deer and other wildlife.

A recent survey of the site, carried out by the North Yorkshire County Council Department for Ecology identified 125 different species of flora and fauna within the wood.

Work to maintain, and also regenerate, the woods has been ongoing for the past three years with gulleys cleared, walls re-built and insect habitats created.

Work begins in 2011 on clearing the gulleys
One of the broken-down walls blocking the gulley

The re-built wall, courtesy of "Hadrian" the Estate's dry stone waller
 The work is ongoing, as is much of the restoration of the landscape around the Hall, and it is hoped that more species will be counted at the next survey in three years time.