Armed with the collected photogrammetry data and the specialist knowledge of the team in charge, a plan was created to attack the worst affected areas and save the woodland. A felling licence was granted, and extensive works were then carried out.
Felling is paused during nesting season and so, a year later, we were invited back to repeat the process to create an updated DSM/DTM and Orthomosiac maps, to capture the progress made. This will assist the team in planning and carrying out the next phase of the project which is replanting 70,000 new oak, birch, hazel, beech and wild cherry saplings to establish the restoration process.
As well as helping to create a detailed and accurate plan of some inaccessible areas, the detailed mapping service that we provided has helped the management team stay on track with their target of keeping the project carbon neutral.
The head groundskeeper John Dodwell said, “The felled lumber wood is turned into logs and charcoal, which we sell to the community, while the diseased and unusable wood is chipped and sent to a renewable energy biomass power station in Kent, where it’s used to generate electricity. Our felling licence was issued to us on condition that we replace the trees that have been removed, and the new ones will be absorbing carbon throughout their lifetime.”
This focus on the long term doesn’t stop there, with 20% of the replanted trees being grown for logs ensuring the sustained financial viability of the woodland and ensuring that it can be maintained well into the future.