Hampton Lane, Brook
WHAT WE DID:
This project created a new 2.5 ha woodland, specifically aimed at creating habitat for hazel dormice. The new woodland replaced scrub removed for works in the M20 corridor. We planted 5500 trees, and erected deer fencing to prevent the new trees being browsed. Species planted included hazel, guelder rose, wayfaring tree, spindle, willow and wild cherry in the understorey, with oak standards and hornbeam along the boundary, as is traditional. We also planted wild flowers, and created open habitats within the woodland – a central glade and four rides. Ash has naturally colonised some areas.
The new woodland is providing new habitat for the hazel dormouse – a declining species protected by international law. It will also be a home to a host of other wildlife – other small mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
WHO WE WORKED WITH:
Highways Agency (funding), Mersham Hatch Estate.