Unique ID: 104000000014115
Status: Validated / Active
Project Developer: James Lonsdale, LH Farming
Project Location: Aslockton, Nottinghamshire
Previous Land Use: Unused arable land between a watercourse and a railway
New woodland area: Gross area 11.1ha Net area: 8.7ha Open ground: 2.4ha
Species Mix: Native woodland: birch (40%), oak and alder (20% each), cherry (13%), whitebeam, rowan and field maple (2% each), hornbeam (1%).
Woodland Management: Minimum intervention
Estimated Sequestration: Total 8,806 tCO2e over 100 years, of which 7,485 tCO2e is for sale, 1,321 tCO2e will go to the WCC Buffer.
Start Date: Planting completed January 2018.
The project site is located on a thin sliver of land between the River Smite and a railway line, to the East of the village of Aslockton, Nottinghamshire. There is a well-used footpath which heads across the site to the riverbank.
View across the site developed as Emilie's Wood: Spring 2018. Image: James Lonsdale
This project will create a native woodland with recreation access for local walkers via an existing popular footpath. The woodland provides links to areas of existing woodland and the open spaces within the woodland will be managed for both access for people and for wildlife.
As a landowner I have a passion for creating new woodlands and improving currently under-utilised land for the benefit of both people and wildlife. The possibility of extra income from sales of carbon turns a financially unviable project into one which can be undertaken.
James Lonsdale is the landowner and project developer.
The owner purchased this site which was previously an arable field, but no longer in use and covered by low quality grass. With the help of a woodland creation grant and the possibility of carbon finance, the owner is creating a native woodland on this currently unused land.
New trees planted at Emilie's Wood: 2018. Image: James Lonsdale
Scores (out of 5) for the wider benefits provided by Emilie's Wood. Scores calculated using the WCC Wider Benefits Tool.
This project creates new woodland on the outskirts of a Nottinghamshire village, providing recreation access in a developing native woodland.
The new native woodland connects other local areas of existing woodland and will provide habitat for woodland species in an area of the country with low woodland cover. Glades and open areas are designed with wildlife in mind, providing habitat for butterflies and other species.
Bordering the River Smite, this woodland has been designed to deliver improvements in water quality and to mitigate the risk of flooding in the area. The woodland is likely to produce a small amount of wood fuel as it develops, supporting diversification of the rural economy.
Emilie's Wood linking with existing woodland and hedgerow trees, 2018. Image: James Lonsdale