The importance of trees is ever abundandant - they provide important shelter and food sources for wildlife whilst removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and putting out oxygen.
In 2016 a new woodland was planted as part of the Arts University Bournemouth Student’s Union (AUBSU) to offset the carbon footprint of each new enrolled student, the whips were sourced from The Woodland Trust.
Land from one of our grazing fields next to Berry hill saw over 1000 tree whips and new hedgerow planted, creating new woodland habitat between the Berry Hill woods and our nature reserve.
In 2017 a 1-acre site known as Throop Island (behind the old water mill) was planted unfer the same scheme. This land had previously been grazed by ponies in 2013, and before this used by the pig farmer to graze his pigs from the late 1960’s with the plant diversity currently (2015) being mainly thistle, nettle, grass and teasel. A mix of water-tolerant native trees were planted across half of this site with an additional 200 willow whips to create a willow bed in 2019. The remaining area has been left as river-side meadow plants ensuring a wide habitat diversity on the site.