Press release

Dorset and Wiltshire benefit from thousands of new trees

More than 6 hectares of new native woodland have been created in Dorset and Wiltshire following the success of the Wessex tree planting project.

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The project – a partnership between the Environment Agency, Woodland Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and FWAG SW – has seen the planting of thousands of trees at 5 sites across the 2 counties.

The new woodland will benefit wildlife and flood management, helping stabilise river banks, reduce surface water run-off, give shade for fish, and provide new habitats, increasing biodiversity. The second year of the project cost £35,000, with contributions from the Environment Agency, Woodland Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and local landowners.

The 5 sites are:

  • Lower Woodsford, Dorset (a small part of the site)
  • Cheselbourne, Dorset
  • Bemerton, Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • Langford Lakes, Wiltshire
  • Norton Bavant, Wiltshire

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Published 22 May 2015