We plant a mix of tree species to ensure diversity. In any new woodland that we plant, it’s likely that we will have more than one ‘woodland community’ to suit different parts of the site.
A wet woodland community would have native species like birch, willow, alder and guelder rose suited to wet conditions. On drier ground we could have a woodland community of oak, birch and Scots pine with shrubs like holly, rowan, spindle, hazel and hawthorn.
We keep any existing hedgerows, native trees and areas of scrub on the sites we plant in order to provide additional space for wildlife and a seed source for new trees to regenerate.