This community woodland was planted in March 2002 on what was previously opencast land restored for agricultural use in the early 1950's. There are 3 different woodland types: pure sweet chestnut, an oak, ash, hazel mix and a wet woodland. The long term objective of the site is to create a working coppice woodland to encourage the development of a local timber industry. Coppice products can include walking sticks, hurdles, thatching spars and fencing materials. These are obtained by periodically cutting trees down to a stump (or 'stool') which is then left to regrow.
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.