Leaves a legacy

Friends working together to reinstate an ancient woodland that had been felled many decades ago.
Friends working together to reinstate an ancient woodland that had been felled many decades ago.
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Green fingered Derbyshire residents have been working together to reinstate an ancient woodland.

Jo Ferguson and Veronica Kemble gathered their friends together to plant 500 native trees on their land at Oaks Lane Farm, Ashover.

The idea was to reinstate Hardwick Woods – an area of woodland that was shown on old maps but had been felled many decades ago.

Jo Ferguson explained: “We always knew the land once had a wood on it, but since the trees had been felled it had been completely invaded by dense holly.”

Once the group had cleared the holly, they allowed sheep to graze the area for one year before successfully applying for funding from the Woodland Trust to complete the work.