Managing the woodland at Cushendun
Woodlands provide a great diversity of habitats for plants and animals as well providing many other social, economic and environmental functions. Woodland management is essential for this to continue. Discover more about the woodland management programme for Glenmona woodland at Cushendun.
The importance of woodland management
Contrary to popular belief, most of the woodlands we know so well today have come about as a result of being managed, and the wildlife we have come to associate with this particular habitat will gradually disappear if this management doesn’t continue. The health and wellbeing of woodlands relies on effective management to maintain a diverse environment in relation to species diversity, age and structure.
Glenmona woodland, like many types of woodland today, is relatively uniform in age and without intervention would struggle to achieve a healthy mixed aged structure, providing the wide array of functions that society has come to expect of them. Non-native species such as rhododendron also pose further issues, by forming dense thickets, overshadowing the diverse mix of plants in the understory, causing them to decline. Such invasive species also reduce the likelihood of natural regeneration as they choke out the new tree seedlings.
Woodland management techniques such as thinning, coppicing, scrub clearance and re-planting are therefore essential tools to all those involved in conservation woodland management.
Work at Glenmona
Over the last few years, through the winter months, the ranger team have been focusing on key areas which have become overrun with rhododendron and other scrub thickets alongside thinning of less favourable trees. We hope to see an increase in other species in the coming years due to the increase in light to these areas.
Ultimately through our continued sensitive management we aim to create woodland which is more resilient to future environmental changes. So that it can function as a healthy system which continues to sustain a wide variety of species to be enjoyed by future generations.
Wander through the historic coastal village and see if you can spot a red squirrel, soak up the views from the harbour and take a stroll along the beach at Cushendun.
Designed to look like a picturesque Cornish village for his Penzance born wife, Baron Cushendun built Cushendun village in County Antrim in 1912. Find out more about its history.
Discover a variety of volunteer opportunities on the North Coast, with something to suit everyone.
We believe that nature, beauty and history are for everyone. That’s why we’re supporting wildlife, protecting historic sites and more. Find out about our work.
Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.