Local landscape project supports the wellbeing of wildlife and people

AnneWalsh | Feb 2022

A project to restore the Treewell Farm Tree Avenue, formally the approach to historic Moggerhanger Park and originally designed by Humphrey Repton, has had a positive impact on both the landscape and a local hospice. The avenue, which is within registered parkland, was in desperate need of restoration, with a number of diseased trees requiring…

A project to restore the Treewell Farm Tree Avenue, formally the approach to historic Moggerhanger Park and originally designed by Humphrey Repton, has had a positive impact on both the landscape and a local hospice.

The avenue, which is within registered parkland, was in desperate need of restoration, with a number of diseased trees requiring removal and improved access to light needed, in order to protect local wildlife. As well as supporting this important restoration work, thanks to funding from both the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership and Treewell Farm, the project team were able to sell the dead wood, and donate proceeds to local charity, Moggerhanger Hospice.

The design ethos of Humphrey Repton, the eminent landscape designer of the late 18th century, whose work can be enjoyed at a number of historic parklands across Greensand Country, was to build the anticipation of the visitor by allowing fleeting glimpses of the house along the approaching drive, through carefully positioned trees in the parkland, before finally revealing the house in all its glory.

“It was important to us that whilst we improved the safety of the woodland, by removing trees that were at risk of falling, and to provide light and space for wildlife and trees to flourish, that we also preserved the heritage of the site” explains Meghan Kempson, Lead Partner.

“Being able to donate money to Moggerhanger Hospice was a fantastic additional benefit and we are proud to have been able to support the local community through this project.”

Daniel Bowles, Project Co-ordinator at the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership says: “the landscape partnership is committed to working with its project partners to help protect the heritage of Greensand Country, including all 28 of its historic parklands.”

Greensand Country provides a beautiful, accessible and diverse landscape to enjoy. Explore routes, facilities, points of interest and much more using the interactive map on the Greensand Country website at www.greensandcountry.com/explore/interactive-map/.

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