Mangravet Wood

Mangravet Wood was presented to the NLRA by developer Taylor Wimpey in July 2014.

Mangravet Wood in Pheasant Lane was acquired by Taylor Wimpey when it purchased the former fire station land for its housing development in The Farrows and Hawkes Way.

For legal and insurance reasons, the wood is held in the name of North Loose Limited, which works alongside the NLRA and is responsible for the management and maintenance of the woodland.

The woodland is protected by a Tree Preservation Order and is now further protected as a Designated Ancient Woodland. However, the best protection of all is for ownership by the community – which has now happened.   We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this woodland, which will be preserved for the benefit of the local community.   The woodland will remain in a similar format as at present and will be sensitively managed to encourage wildlife, flora and fauna.   This woodland will continue to be open to the public and we will encourage educational visits.

Originally, there was a great deal of rubbish to be cleared.   Work parties were undertaken by members of North Loose Ltd and other members of the community. Anyone who wishes to be involved in this project should get in touch – email David Southgate on david@northloose.co.uk.   We are now working to our management plan, which includes removal of non-native species, brambles, spot coppicing sweet chestnut  and safety work on protected trees, which has slowly brought this woodland back to its former glory.

This woodland’s health has been demonstrated by the magnificent Bluebell displays each spring.

 

The photographs below show the official handover with Joanna Webb (Taylor Wimpey) and members of North Loose Ltd (NLRA land holding company) and part of the wood in spring time

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Our thanks to Kent Highways, who provided lorry loads of earth and constructed a mound at the entrance to the wood, to help prevent vehicle access
The photos opposite show the construction of the mound and the newly installed information board. 

Progress to date: 
We have
     · sought professional guidance from an arboreculturist;
     · obtained a full written survey on the condition of trees with regard to disease, safety etc;
     · obtained permission from Maidstone Borough Council Tree Officer regarding required work;
     · completed all tree  safety work by March 2017.

Work still to do includes removal of the old redundant concrete fence posts and creation of an all weather surface for the footpath through the woods.;

Thanks also go to:
Councillor Brian Clark for his assistance with the erection of a second barrier further north in Pheasant Lane. This prevents cars, vans etc from attempting to use Pheasant Lane as a cut through then trying to turn round in the wood – causing damage.
– Maidstone Borough Council for taking away some of the worst excesses of fly tipping over the years

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Ancient Woodland covers only around 2 per cent of the land area of the UK and needs to be protected.  

Ancient woods have been around for many centuries and have developed ecosystems that are rich, complex and irreplaceable.  

Because they have developed over such long timescales, they have unique features such as relatively undisturbed soils and communities of plants and animals that depend on the stable conditions ancient woodland provides, some of which are rare and vulnerable.  

They are a delight to visit and can produce spectacular displays of spring flowers.

 

 

 

 

Photographs below show some of our volunteers litter picking and felling dead chestnut stools.