Growing Natural Capital

In partnership with Morgan Sindall Group plc we are creating nine new woodlands as part of a ground breaking legacy project. We will be planting more than 250,000 trees which will sequester a total of 22,000 tonnes of carbon across a quarter of a century.
Growing Natural Capital

Growing Natural Capital

In partnership with Morgan Sindall Group plc we are creating nine new woodlands as part of a ground breaking legacy project. We will be planting more than 250,000 trees which will sequester a total of 22,000 tonnes of carbon across a quarter of a century.

A different approach

As well as working closely with Morgan Sindall, the project will be delivered in conjunction with independent not-for-profit organisation, Grown in Britain, and Cotswolds-based forestry company, Nicholsons.

This project represents the first woodlands to be planted under the Forest Canopy Foundation (FCF) – a not-for-profit collaboration of private sector forestry companies who have joined forces to demonstrate technical rigour and quality in woodland creation.

Growing Natural Capital

Growing for the Future

The woodlands will capture over 22,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next 25 years, also includes the creation of a forest school, wildflower meadows, open spaces and more than 15km of linked public footpaths. 

 

A Variety of Species

The tree species that have been chosen to be planted have been carefully selected – including Hornbeam, Lime, Sycamore, Wild Cherry, Oak, Norway Maple, Alder and Beech in the mixed woodlands.

There will also be an understorey of woody shrub species including Hazel, Hawthorn, Viburnums, Euonymus and Dogwoods to create a diverse and self-sustaining eco-system. Experimental species will also be included to assess climate resilience and a small percentage of conifer planted to provide winter habitats for wildlife. 

Green Corridor

Our project will improve the biodiversity of the area significantly, including the quality of soil, air and biodiversity. It will also aim to set new standards for auditing and transparency, with changes to the air, water and soil monitored, and carbon levels tracked using state-of-the-art technology - including drones with Artificial Intelligence – to quantify environmental changes.

A Real Impact

“This partnership with Morgan Sindall is a first for us and is incredibly exciting in terms of both scale and what it will deliver in improving our estate, the environment and opening up access to surrounding communities .... This will have a real and immediate impact on the Dorn Valley woodland at Blenheim, creating a ‘green corridor’ along the River Dorn which will prevent soil erosion into the world-famous Blenheim Great Lake.”

Roy Cox, Estates Director 

Pathways and bridleways in the Dorn Valley Woodland

Our pathways map shows public paths and bridleways running through the Dorn Valley Woodland.

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Learn more about the project

Watch this video from Morgan Sindall which goes into more detail about the tree planting.

Learn more about the project

Watch this video from Morgan Sindall which goes into more detail about the tree planting.