14th February 2003

 

UNIVERSITY PLANS SUSTAINABLE WOODLAND

 

Students at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture have planned a protection and enhancement programme for the Riseholme Park woodland as part of their course work.

 

Second-year students taking a National Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture have begun the first phase of a woodland management plan as part of their studies.

 

They are putting in place a 20-year sustainable plan for the woodlands at Riseholme Park – part of the University of Lincoln – while other students on the National Diploma course in Countryside Management are taking part in a Countryside Stewardship Scheme being implemented by Riseholme Park Farms Ltd.

 

This scheme, now in its second year, is a ten-year commitment by the farm to enhance the landscape and biodiversity of the estate in a number of ways including:

 

 

Grassland is being managed extensively in order to protect the mediaeval village at Riseholme, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument site.

 

The students are also planting hedges at both Riseholme and Lodge Farm in neighbouring Nettleham as part of this year’s commitment to re-establish almost 1km of restored hedgerows, a task that will result in the planting of some 3,500 plants.

 

Species being used are hawthorn, hazel, maple, blackthorn, holly and wild rose.

 

“As a provider of land-based courses, the school has always worked to provide a sustainable environment,” said a university spokesperson. “Getting the students involved in the process gives them a sense of ownership for their future environment.”

 

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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