Improving wildlife at Godolphin

Godolphin larch plantation

A plantation of coniferous larch and spruce was felled during the beginning of 2017 and will be replanting with native tree species; with the aim of improving habitats for wildlife.

An area of coniferous larch and spruce, located behind the Cider House, was felled and removed during March and April 2017. Originally planted, before the National Trust owned Godolphin, in the 1930’s as a timber crop; however, it had not been managed this way and the trees were over matured.

Improving the nature value

The larch plantation had very little nature value; a fundamental aspect of this project is to improve this. By felling and replanting with native tree species we hope to create habitats to support and increase the nature and wildlife value in this area as well, as improve the long-term health and safety of the area when under extreme weather.

Native trees including Oak will be replanted
Godolphin oak tree
Native trees including Oak will be replanted

The area will be replanted with a mix of native tree species including Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Hazel and Wild Cherry. Local schools and volunteers will be involved in replanting the trees during autumn 2017. 

One of the most exciting wildlife aspects of the project is whether the infamous bluebells at Godolphin will spread and take hold of the undergrowth in the newly planted woodland, a place they haven't been present before. 

New areas to explore

New paths and glades will be incorporated into the area to explore and discover. There will also be activity areas including a den building area, camp fire area, bird feeding area and a safe bonfire area for garden and countryside waste.

A new bird feeding area will be incorporated into the newly planted woodland
Godolphin robin
A new bird feeding area will be incorporated into the newly planted woodland

There have been 3 other larch plantations on the Godolphin estate which have been felled and replanted.  These are now doing very well and you can visit them to see what they look like next time you are in the area.