Warley Woods Woodland Restoration

An insight into work supported by Birmingham & Black Country Nature Improvement Area to restore Warley Woods.

Warley Woods is a public park managed by a Community Trust which comprises the former Repton-designed grounds of The Warley Hall estate. The aim of this project was to improve the quality of three areas of woodland. This would involve clearing one area of moribund Birch and selectively thinning two areas of Beech-dominated woodland. Following on from the tree works the areas would be re-planted with native broad-leaved species and a field-layer  introduced.

Towards the end of 2013 two areas of woodland were cleared. These were then replanted with mixed whips in three sessions with volunteers from Abbey Junior School, St Greg's Primary School and other Warley Woods volunteers.

Following on from the tree planting staff from the Birmigham & Black Country Wildlife Trust staff visited the areas and sowed and planted seed and plugs sources through the Growing Local Flora project.