Blackingstone Woods Tree Planting, Dartmoor

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 28/04/2011

Ecosulis completed the planting of 9000 native broadleaved trees following the clear felling of 16 hectares of Japanese Larch on a site on the edge of Dartmoor.  The felling was instigated by the owner as part of their plan to convert the site to a native broadleaved woodland, but the news of sudden oak death Phytophora ramorum infecting Japanese Larch adjacent to the site, focused everyone’s efforts to complete the works as quickly as possible.

The site was planted by a local team with all trees protected in Acorn tree shelters and two areas were left unplanted to be stocked through natural regeneration.

We look forward to watching the ongoing establishment of the site and there are already signs of recovery from the effects of the felling, with large swathes of bluebells appearing in what was bare ground under the canopy of the conifers.  A full ecological survey will be carried out in May.