The Parkhill woodland plan will aim to improve the recreational resource and biodiversity of Parkhill and outlined below is the type of work that will benefit these aspects. Please fill out the Parkhill Wood Questionnaire, below, and your responses will help to shape the woodland plan.
One of the issues concerning the wildlife management of Parkhill is the amount of rhododendron, an invasive species, that forms dense thickets and shades out native plants while its leaf litter is toxic to many other plants. If left uncontrolled, rhododendron would eventually dominate most of the plant life within Parkhill Wood.
Parkhill Wood is within the climatic zone for a temperate rainforest. This rare habitat, also known as Celtic rainforest, is considered to be a more threatened than tropical rainforest. A temperate rainforest contains scarce plants such as mosses, lichens, liverworts, ferns and fungi as well as a diversity of birds and mammals.
In keeping with the aim of improving biodiversity it is suggested that the clearance of rhododendron will increase our contribution to the area of the temperate rainforest and improve the variety of wildlife (Fig 1). Please download the pdf’s below for the maps of the proposed conservation and path work.
An additional concern is the spreading of sycamore which is a naturalised tree. Sycamore produces a lot of seed and can therefore quickly dominate a woodland. To maintain and optimise biodiversity a selected tree feeling is recommended. This would ensure that mature sycamore, of good wildlife value, are retained while younger trees are felled and sections replanted with native species such as birch, aspen and hazel to further the woodland’s wildlife value.
At Parkhill Wood we aim to optimise the ecological environment by increasing the diversity of our temperate rainforest.
We plan to maintain just over six kilometres of paths within Parkhill Wood that will encourage visitors to enjoy the wildlife and landscape. We are keen to hear people’s thoughts on the potential for mountain biking generally within Parkhill Wood or for a MBX skills course within compartment 3 (Fig 2). Please complete the Parkhill Wood questionnaire and email to email@example.com