Some of the Growing Up Green funding goes towards apprenticeships and Liam, our current Growing Up Green apprentice has been hard at work learning the ropes alongside last year’s apprentice Billy who is now working towards a level 3.
Skellingthorpe Old Wood was a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) but is now devoid of rare butterflies due to the maturation on the woodland. In a natural world the fringes of the woodland would develop and the butterflies would gradually migrate to follow the new areas of wildflowers. However with a modern woodland there rarely room for nature to take her course and she needs a little helping hand. As such we are thinning out the dense tree cover to allow natural light to once again reach the dormant wild flower seeds in the soil. We expect a blooming of colour and an increase in the biodiversity of the site to follow our operations. We are providing the forestry operations free of charge to the Woodland Trust in exchange for keeping the timber we extract. Our extraction method is a small tractor that can easily nip into the wood between trees to extract what we need without the requirement for wide tracks to be gouged into the land.
We have been coppicing Hazel and taking out soft wood species with some of the hazel going for biomass energy and most of the soft wood going towards our own fire wood business or for use by our construction team.