In September 2019, we were delighted to acquire 44 acres of land called Dowgill Grange. This land adjoins Bank Woods, and has its own access from the B6165 just south of Summerbridge, Nidderdale.
It has a few mature trees, lots of fairly derelict dry stone walls, and wonderful stone field barn (which is in an even worse state of repair than its neighbour at Bank Woods!)
During the planting season 2019/20, we planted 8,500 trees on approximately half the area.
Winter 2020/21 saw the creation of our experimental ‘Super-hedge’. At the top of our land, we prepared a long strip of land for planting, and enclosed it with rabbit and deer fence. Inside we planted almost 6,000 shrubs and trees. They are arranged in five parallel, densely planted hedges. In time they will form a dense ‘thicket’ which will be fantastic habitat for birds and small mammals.
Our belted Galloway Cows, and some young Angus cattle lightly graze the rest.
During 2021/22 we have replaced any trees we have lost through natural causes.
Dowgill Grange is not currently open to the public.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now