Longshaw's new nursery

hillsides, sapling trees in protective tubes, man standing to left

We’re building a tree nursery at Longshaw. The project takes off in April 2018, and will help us look after trees and woodlands in the wider Peak District.

Lead Longshaw ranger Rachel Bennett says, “Our aims for the tree nursery are to diversify the woodlands of the White Peak to help tackle ash dieback, and to grow trees to restore wood pasture habitat at Longshaw. The saplings produced in the nursery will be planted out around Longshaw and the wider Peak District as part of our plan to look after the woods”.

Seeds will be collected from native trees at Longshaw and planted into raised beds in the nursery. When the trees are big enough, they’ll be planted on the estate and elsewhere in the woodland of the White Peak and the cloughs of the Dark Peak.

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Children playing on a tree by Burbage Brook at Longshaw, Derbyshire

“Our allotment in Sheffield will also be involved in outreach work in the city, proving close links between the tree nursey at Longshaw, the allotment and local schools in Sheffield”, Rachel adds.

The nursery will be built close to the visitor hub, and will be accessible for visitors when it’s open. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved through volunteering, Muck-In Days, learning visits and letting us know what you think. For more information contact peakdistrict@nationaltrust.org.uk .