03 Mar Woodland
Broadleaf woodland is primarily confined to the sides of the river Rede and its tributaries within incised cleughs, but there are also areas of ancient semi-natural woodland such as Tod Law Wood, near Rochester which contains oaks, birch and alder, remnants of the ancient Royal Hunting Forest of Redesdale. A number of hedgerows also contain mature trees and are an important resource for pollinating insects. A River Rede improvement study identified a number of areas where there would be benefit in extending tree planting near the river to stabilise embankments, but there are also other areas where it would be beneficial to see a small increase in woodland cover.
The Revitalising Redesdale team will work with farmers and the Forestry Commission across the valley to provide expert advice and support to secure additional funds through the woodland grant scheme. They will help landowners draft management plans for woodland, which are required for applicants to be eligible for woodland management work under Countryside Stewardship.