ST5884 : Southwest edge of Ellen's Wood

taken 8 years ago, near to Awkley, South Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Southwest edge of Ellen's Wood
Southwest edge of Ellen's Wood
This permissive path appears to replace a public footpath through the fields.
Ellen's Wood
This is the text that accompanies the map on the sign about the wood.

ELLENíS WOOD
LOWER KNOLE FARM ALMONDSBURY

This woodland includes 48 hectares of broadleaves and 10 hectares of conifers. It was planted between 2001 and 2002 for Mr Ray Keel the farmer and landowner by Chew Valley Trees & Landscapes and is part of the Forest of Avon.

The Forest of Avon is one of Englandís twelve community forests and works to plant new community woodland and deliver a quality environment for all people in the West of England.

The area is mostly flat and pastoral. Throughout the farm low hedgerows and pollarded willows occur alongside wet ditches, locally known as rhines. There are several existing small woodland blocks with ash and poplar the dominant species.

The underlying soil is calcareous alluvial, silty clay and mostly lies less than 10 metres above sea level. Some areas are liable to flooding.

The area has diffuse archaeology and the whole area was assessed by English Heritage and the local authority archaeologist. The Forestry Commission provided support for ground penetrating radar and dip wells to monitor the effect of tree planting on the water tables.

Support for woodland creation comes under the England Rural Development Programme and is provided by the Forestry Commissionís Woodland Grant Scheme. These schemes are limited and applied for via the Forestry Commission.

The scheme meets the requirements of the English Forestry strategy in all four categories.

Forestry for Rural Development ó The species and woodland design aims to produce a timber crop for local wood uses and larger sawmills.

Forestry for Economic Development ó The site is in an area with motorways and industrial/residential development. One of the Community Forestís aims is to encourage new development.

Forestry for Recreation, Access and Tourism ó This is satisfied by new public access, car parking, footbridges and picnic tables and benches.

Forestry for the Environment and Conservation ó The majority of the woodland is composed of native tree species and the design has been agreed to avoid sensitive archaeological areas and buffer the existing rhines which are important for the existing wildlife.

The wood comprises mostly broadleaved species in the following proportions: 30% Ash, 25% English Oak, 15% other native trees and 10% native shrubs, 20% of the area is open. The conifer area comprises Corsican pine and Norway spruce with 10% native shrubs and 20% open ground.
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ST5884, 6 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 13 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 4 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Paths  Woodland, Forest  Flat landscapes 
Woodland (from Tags)
Broadleaf 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5812 8449 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.4637N 2:36.3294W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5811 8451
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Community Woodland 

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