Woodland work at Stackpole
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We're busy restoring Stackpole's designed landscape to its former glory with the help of Forestry Commission Wales.
It was originally created as a backdrop for Stackpole Court, but in the last 100 years it's become overgrown. Many of the important views were lost - until now.
Restoring a hidden landscape
The views down the lake and across the Deer Park from where the house once stood had been obscured by the trees which had grown up on the terrace. We're carefully felling these to restore the classic sightlines.
Lodge Park, designed as an open park woodland and specimen tree collection, had been invaded by a dense jungle of laurel, which we're clearing. The result will be to return to the spirit of the landscape's original design.
The work is also good news for wildlife. Laurel is an invasive alien shrub and supports no wildlife itself whilst choking out everything else.
We're also removing coniferous trees that were planted in the 1960s and replanting with broadleaf species including oak, ash and sycamore.
The conifers will be turned into wood chip to fuel the woodchip boiler that's being installed to heat the Stackpole Centre and estate buildings.