Exmoor National Park's Story
Bye Wood will include planting 13,000 trees over 12 hectares, using only locally sourced wood. Careful structural planting will support tree growth and resilience to a changing climate, and sustainable organic and physical methods of planting will be used in preference to chemicals. Tree guards will be plastic-free.
The new woodland will nurture new wildlife habitats and include community areas to connect people with nature. Over the next 20 years, Bye Wood will sequester around 668 tonnes of carbon.
Useful Learnings from Exmoor National Park
Get volunteers involved from an early stage to inform how the woodland is designed, including spaces for people to enjoy the woodland. Volunteers and local school children can also help to collect seeds and plant trees.
Try and be as sustainable as possible; for example, we researched alternative tree guards to avoid using plastic. Fully research the impacts both positive and negative and design the project around these impacts. Engage with interest groups at the earliest stages.
Exmoor National Park's Metrics
Monitoring tree species.