Hockeridge has a long history as a productive wood providing sustainable timber and employment locally. In Hockeridge bottom there is a compartment that was planted primarily with Norway spruce in 1965.
These trees were ready to harvest. This has now been done and they are being sent to sawmills to be turned into timber products which will lock up their carbon.
In their place 900 fast growing coastal redwoods and over 150 western red cedar will be planted, locking up more carbon as they grow. These trees have been chosen because they are expected to grow well in a warming climate with more unpredictable rainfall. They are already growing well elsewhere in Hockeridge. Wild cherry trees will be planted at the woodland edge. These trees are good for timber and good for biodiversity too.
Our thanks to our corporate partner Trainhugger for helping us to plant these trees.
Nearby we have also taken out Norway spruce which had been planted in 1976 and beech which had failed to thrive. These too have gone to sawmills to be turned into timber products. In this area, we will be planting over 450 Douglas fir alongside nearly 300 wild service trees, wild cherry and hornbeam, all of which are expected to be resilient to climate change.
Our thanks to our corporate partner Green the UK for funding these trees.