With kind permission of Luke Wishart of Church Farm Binsted, MAVES extended our earlier program on his land (see 'Our Hedge Planting History' below) with a further hedge alongside a public footpath, for which we were awarded a 420-tree hedge planting pack by the Woodland Trust, for planting in March 2016. This hedge planting pack was supplemented with more native tree hedging to extend and enrich this initial hedge planting, sponsored by local company Binsted Nursery.
The planting work was carried out by a combination of local volunteers, with work by local specialist contractors Pro Forest, for which MAVES is also sponsored by Binsted Nursery. Binsted Nursery is continuing, with MAVES, its earlier support with funding and sites for the Walberton Action Group planting project and its subsequent maintenance.
The posters below give details of the planting project and some of the wildlife we may expect to benefit from it in the future:
In our Walberton Action Group Landscape Project days we planted a number of hedges creating new habitats, restoring landscapes and improving connectivity between the woodlands and wetlands. See those marked green on the map below:
1. Trees included oaks to replace the decaying oaks from the original Binsted Park, an 18th century 'pocket park'.
2. This hedge was planted Feb 04 with help from Walberton and Binsted Girl Guides, includes as standard trees oaks and wild cherries, and as hedgeplants hawthorn, blackthorn, guelder rose, dogwood, buckthorn, spindle, hazel.
3. Trees which were planted Feb 2004 included oaks for succession to the line of mature oaks formerly a great feature in the landscape here, of which only 2 remain.
4. This hedge, now forming a boundary of the National Park, was planted Feb 2004 with hawthorn, blackthorn, guelder rose, dogwood, buckthorn, spindle, hazel.
5. This hedge, restoring a lost hedge that was featured here on a 16th-century map, and giving shelter to a footpath across open fields, was planted in Feb 2005 with hawthorn, buckthorn, blackthorn, dogwood, guelder rose, spindle, hazel, and holm oak.
The work we had done enhancing the landscape and wildlife value of this area influenced the National Park boundary Inspector in his decision to include some of these fields and hedgerows within the Park.