British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

Trees and Woodland

Trees and Woodland

Trees, orchards and woodland are all fantastic for wildlife as they provide shelter, food and a place for animals to live and bring up their young. Native woodland is also a vital element in the natural environment creating a strong sense of place and enhancing the character of most countryside scenes. If you have any woodland on park please manage it carefully to make sure that all your trees are as healthy as possible and that there is a good, biologically-diverse understory of vegetation (e.g. bluebells in a bluebell wood).

To achieve this you may have to undertake occasional thinning, re-planting and other work. Please remember that dead or fallen wood is a vital wildlife resource and should be left in-situ to provide food and shelter to fungus, insects etc.

If you are unsure of any aspect of woodland management, please get in touch with your local council or wildlife trust for help. Remember that the importance of trees in the landscape is highlighted by the fact that many trees on parks are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs). Check the status of your trees and take this into account in your management work.

Establishing or enlarging an orchard or an area of woodland is exciting work and will bring real dividends, especially if it is carefully planned and well managed. Please choose native British trees that are appropriate to your locality and, if necessary, get advice from your wildlife trust on how to proceed.

More information:

  • Click here for an indepth article on creating and managing woodland.
  • Click here for an in depth article on creating an orchard.
  • Click here for an in depth article on ash dieback and other threats to the UK's trees.