Kelham Bridge forms another piece of the jigsaw of woodlands making up The National Forest. This Forestry Commission woodland is adjacent to the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust's Kelham Bridge Nature Reserve and complements the restoration work carried out here. The new woodland, created in 2006, is a mixture of habitats benefiting a wide range of wildlife. The upper fields have been planted as a mixed native broadleaf woodland including species such as oak and ash. The fields near to the woodland entrance have been planted as wet woodland with species such as alder and willow. The lower fields adjacent to the nature reserve have been left as rough meadow with grasses, nettles and other plants to blend with the nature reserve and to provide hunting habitat for birds of prey.
The National Forest is an area of 200 square miles across the 3 counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, where massive woodland creation and countryside tranformation is being carried out. The forest is being expanded, with the aim of linking the ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood, for the benefit of local communities and wildlife.
New woodlands will complement ancient woodland, meadows, lakes and rivers, parks, towns and other visitor attractions to create a new forest for the nation.
The National Forest EXPLORE leaflet, giving a map of where the Forestry Commission sites are in the area, is available here to download as a pdf.