Planting of trees and hedgerows began right from the start of the life of the nursery over 30 years ago on what was then a 10 acre site. Over time and donation of an additional 4 acres, a planting and conservation plan was written and later adapted to include a central woodland, a natural rain water served pond, a wildflower meadow and we are midway through establishing a new willow maze.
With the support of guidance from The Woodland Trust, our original plan is now being enhanced with further hedgerow to improve biodiversity onsite. This gives us a much broader education base from which to teach our service users the management skills to maintain the land, but also the knowledge of what plant and wildlife species exist at Mires Beck.
This year the service users are conducting their first woodland audit of trees and tree health and also recording bird and butterfly species for the national data bases. We often seek the help of volunteers to help with planting, woodland maintenance and auditing projects.
Our existing woodland and recently planted Jubilee Wood have trees available for adoption and dedication and we can supply trees from the tree nursery for conservation projects and carbon offsetting. We have over 6000 trees planted onsite and will plant a further 350 as part of the ongoing conservation planting at Mires Beck Nursery.
We supply wildflower seed grown onsite and both Phragmites and Luzula’s for waterside management and conservation purposes.
Our site is home to The Great Crested Newt, a nationally protected species we have embraced in our message of conservation and safeguarding as the gatekeepers for the nursery in our recent re branding.