Treemendous work at Stackpole

Close-up of trees at Stackpole

We’re celebrating treemendous work at Stackpole following the planting of 5,000 new trees in the estate’s woodlands.

The planting, which has been completed over the last three years in Castle Dock Woods and Cheriton Bottom, was part of a long-term project to restore the area following the loss of 1,000 mature conifer trees in the storms of early 2014.

A mixture of native broadleaf species were selected for the woodland including oak, wild cherry, hornbeam, sweet chestnut, downy birch, hazel, small-leaved lime and alder trees.

The team opted for a variety of trees with the potential to benefit a range of bird, insect and plant life, and help transform the former conifer plantation into a species-rich broadleaf wood.

It was all hands on deck for the project! Our rangers were joined by contractors, volunteers and community groups to complete the work.

Earlier this year, we welcomed Pembrokeshire’s Cub Scouts to Stackpole for a day of mass tree planting. The young people planted more than 600 trees during their visit.

Speaking about the woodland’s transformation, ranger Alex Shilling said: “This spring and summer have been a great time to reflect on the successes coming from this project, as we saw our new woodland come into leaf with a fantastic survival rate.  

“For now this woodland still has a long way to go, but with plenty of clearing around these fledgling trees ahead of us, we can look forward to seeing Castle Dock and Cheriton Bottom mature into a fine, nature-rich, mixed broadleaf woodland.”

Pembrokeshire's Cub Scouts joined us for a day of tree planting
Tree planting with the Cub Scouts
Pembrokeshire's Cub Scouts joined us for a day of tree planting