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. The River Rede Improvement study has 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.
It is proposed that the new Farming and Wildlife Officer, who will be part of 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. This officer will help landowners draft management plans for woodland, which are required for applicants to be eligible for woodland management work under Countryside Stewardship.