Siskin, Woodland Glade.
Siskin is part of the additional woodland we acquired in June 2014. The glade itself was subsequently commissioned in late 2017 with the clearance of choking weeds and thickets starting soon after - an essential job to help the new trees get established, remove species that had succumbed to disease and encourage the return of woodland plants.
The glade is quite small and exudes an air of tranquility all of its own.
The clearance revealed a diverse selection of native tree species which we have been nurturing ever since. They look well established already and will make a fitting contribution to a mature and ancient woodland of the future.
Access is via Lapwing glade which has two entrances itself. In wet weather I would use the gravel road and take the path just before Wren glade. Take the left fork to Lapwing Glade and Siskin is then on your left. In summer, you can take the first grass path on the right as you come from the car park. The second glade on the left is Lapwing and Siskin is straight across from the opening.
The site was consecrated in June 2014 with the glade being subsequently commissioned in 2017. It took time to clear the dense undergrowth and prepare the glade. The ground work was completed and the glade opened in the latter half of 2018. It is expected to reach capacity sometime during 2022.
The site nestles within 60 acres of managed woodland and includes a wide range of native tree species including oak, mountain ash and maple whilst benefitting from a backdrop of mature Poplar trees. Although the other trees are relatively young, they already look impressive and the autumn colours are spectacular.
The glade is well positioned to mature into one of tomorrow's ancient woodlands, bringing with it wonder and fascination for future generations and a multitude of different habitats for fauna and wildlife - all of which are actively encouraged through good husbandry of the land.