10 May 2002

NEW PLANTINGS PROVIDE HABITATS

THE Barningham Estate in North Norfolk applied for funding to plant two new woods on 3ha (7.5 acres) of former marginal arable land.

The areas were planted with broadleaves and amenity species, such as rowan and guilder rose, concentrated along the edges to create graded margins.

The two new areas of planting enhance the landscape on the estate and complement the existing network of hedgerows and woodland areas. The newly planted areas provide habitat for a diverse range of wildlife including many song birds such as skylarks. In addition, there is the added benefit of improving the habitat for the estates wild bird shoot.

Not only has the scheme created amenity value but the estate also benefits from income in the form of the original grant for planting, a better land supplement and an annual payment for 15 years.