Ancient Woodland Restoration Project: Whippendell Wood

The client: Woodland Trust

The site: Whippendell Wood is a site on the edge of Watford owned by Watford Borough Council. The Grand Union Canal and river Gade run alongside the east of the woodland separating it from Cassiobury Park.

The brief: To undertake an ancient woodland assessment across the 44.2 hectares of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland (ASNW) through a process known as Ancient Woodland Restoration.

Our solution: The woodland survey was conducted by our Senior Forestry Consultant and Environmental Consultant who undertook a thorough inspection of the woodlands mapping zones within the woodlands and identifying remnant ancient woodland features which are at risk.

The result: The survey identified 6 different zones within the woodland of which four were secure and two were threatened due to rhododendron, laurel and ivy invasion. The woodland survey also identified possible areas of PAWS were the original designation was ASNW. It also suggested that one section was in fact secondary woodland and is extremely unlikely to be ancient in origin. The report and supporting maps identified and recommended priority works across the estate however, found overall management of the site to be excellent.

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