Swallow, Woodland Glade.
Swallow is part of the additional woodland we acquired in June 2014. The glade itself was subsequently commissioned in 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 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 one of the tree lined avenues which it shares with other woodland glades - Chaffinch, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Lapwing, Harrier, Pipit and Brambling.
With careful nurturing, the glade was officially opened in July 2021. With the passage of time, it will offer a stunning final resting place for 80 people.
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. By 2018 the ground work had been completed and in 2019 the glade was fully established and nurtured until it was opened in July 2021. It is expected to reach full capacity within 12 months.
The site nestles within 60 acres of managed woodland and includes a wide range of native tree species including oak, mountain ash and maple. Although relatively young, the trees 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 - such as the wild orchids already growing here - and wildlife, all of which are actively encouraged through good husbandry of the land.