At A2Z Adventures we are responsible for the woodland that we will use for some of our activities. A large part of our work consists of Forestry and Conservation. We are currently working on our PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland site), to restore the native species of tree, which for our site is predominantly Oak and Ash with a Hazel under-story.
In order to achieve this we need to slowly remove the non-native Norway Spruce, and allow either natural regeneration of the native species, or re-plant native species.
Our Conservation work includes the protection of the remnants of the Ancient wood, including 7 large old oak trees and a large number of ancient hazel coppice stools. In order to protect these we are gradually ring thinning around them to allow more light into their canopies and onto the woodland floor. In protecting these assets we will be able to restore the woodland quicker, and protect and enhance the bio-diversity value of the woods. This will therefore be beneficial to the trees themselves, and also to all of the other plants and animals that are struggling to survive under the oppressive shade caused by the non-native Norway Spruce.
Our latest Conservation project was the completion of our insect hotel! Just make a frame work of logs, add smaller sticks and pieces of wood into the gaps, cover the top with fallen leaves (allow some to fall into the gaps too), then lay smaller sticks on top in an apex to stop it all from blowing away! Great for bugs, beetles, wood wasps, wood lice, ants, spiders, and even hedgehogs love them!
In places where the canopy has been opened up and the sunlight can now reach the woodland floor we already have native plants enjoying the last of the autumn sun!
If you would like to find out more, or you would like to help out with our conservation efforts on a volunteer open day please Contact Us. You could also donate a native tree to plant on our site to help with the PAWS restoration. We might not be able to save the world, but we can help our little bit of it!