Our 70 acres of woodland are natural, beautiful and free for everyone to enjoy, but they do require constant and careful management and this winter we have been working very hard to preserve them.
Firstly we have been tackling the Rhodedendron problem: This non-native plant was introduced here probably in the 60's and has spread out of control causing huge damage to native woodlands.
It grows into large bushes with thick ground coverage blocking out sunlight and smothering other plants and trees. Its leaves are toxic to wildlife and it is expensive, time-consuming to get rid of and takes years to fully eradicate - any sticks left on the ground take root again so we have to spray them with herbicide and burn the plants.
We have also been removing Laurel and European Larch as they carry a fungus that kills or severely damages other trees if allowed to spread.
And finally we have been chopping down and removing trees that we damaged in this winter's storms - as you can see from the pictures below we now have plenty of logs to use in our woodburners (in the Stable Bar and Holiday Cottages)
We hope you've enjoyed our round-up of the woodland management work we have been doing recently, please follow these links to read more about Stowford and the environment: