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Spernal Estate, Heart of England Forest



Unique ID: 103000000004458
Status: Awaiting Validation
Project Developer: David Bliss, Heart of England Forest
Project Location: Studley, Warwickshire
Previous Land Use: Agricultural land, recently removed from grazing.
New Woodland:  120ha
72ha Planted:  35% English oak, 12% Sessile Oak, 9% Ash, 8% Birch, 47% other native broadleaves and shrubs.
48ha Open Space
Woodland Management:  Minimum intervention
Estimated Sequestration:  34,400 tCO2e over 100 years
Start Date: January 2011

About the Site

The site is approximately 4 miles South East of Redditch town centre and concentrated on the Spernal Estate in South Warwickshire. The Heart of England Forest Project area stretches from the ancient borders of The Forest of Arden, south to the edge of the Vale of Evesham. 


Carbon Buyers - Why buy from this site?

The Heart of Engiand Forest project plan to sell carbon from this project as it is sequestered. 


 Landonwers - Why get involved in the WCC?

The Heart of England Forest Project (the commercial arm of the Forest of Dennis Charity) in association with Dorsington Farms Ltd, intend to plant 120 hectares of native broadleaf trees.  Our mission statement is simple "Plantation, re-plantation, conservation, protection, preservation, restoration and re-establishment of trees for the benefit of the public, together with the education of the public by the promulgation of knowledge and appreciation of trees".  

Bavid Bliss from the charity says  "As a charity, we are just starting to develop our relationships with organisations that wish to sponsor planting with us for Carbon Sequestration purposes. Given our charitable status, we needed to ensure that everything we do in respect of carbon is externally validated and as accurate as possible, we can't afford to make mistakes in this respect and we need to ensure that we over-deliver on any carbon commitments that we make. The Woodland Carbon Code arrived at a perfect time for us, it gives us the credibility that we need and reassurance for our supporters that we are following best practice and that our calculations and methods are audited by experts in the field (literally). Ongoing, we hope to register all our future planting with the Woodland Carbon Code and expect this to help us increase the amount of new woodland that we can plant."

This project forms a single year’s planting of a longer term vision to plant and preserve a large native forest in the heart of England. The vision will be achieved by converting as much of the estate farmland to woodland as is feasible.


Who is involved?

The new woods were planted by the forestry and land management teams of the Heart of England Forest Project and took place between December 2010 and April 2011.


How are we going about it?

We used the Forestry Commission’s Carbon Lookup Tables, to estimate that the net carbon sequestration for this project will be around is 34,400 tonnes of CO2 over 100 years.  We will be monitoring this using Carbon Assessment Protocol Method B. The new woods have lots of open space and the random planting that we have used will promote biodiversity and a layered and more natural looking tree canopy.  Whilst we will ensure that the woodlands establish and are managed properly we do not intend to manage them for timber production. However, if we need to thin the trees in the future, the timber will be used locally.

Jan 2011  Land still to be planted at Heart of England Forest ProjectJan 2011:  Planting taking place at Heart of England Forest ProjectJan 2011:  Planting completed at Heart of England Forest Project

Heart of England Forest Project in January 2011: Some areas are still to plant, some just being planted and some are finished.


What other benefits will the woodland bring? 

The new woods will reduce agricultural pesticide/fertiliser run off into water courses and reduce flood risk due to uptake of water by the woodland.  There are likely to be openings for further business opportunities given the emphasis on recreation and enjoyment of woodland and forests is at the heart of the project. However the change of land use from farming to forestry shouldn’t mean that the employment levels reduce - the charity hope that they will remain pretty stable - the forest project is expected to create as much employment as is lost through reduced farming. The local community has been involved in public consultations with regards to the charity’s plans to re-forest the area and these have all been well received.


Last updated: 16th June 2015