Charlotte's Wood - Restoring a wet woodland
We are delighted to welcome you to our first site,
Charlotte’s Wood. It was previously an unused field on
a farm in the Somerset Levels and will now become a
diverse, native, thriving woodland. It will provide a new
habitat for UK wildlife with numerous benefits for
We chose this site because it gives us the opportunity to show what Creating Tomorrow’s Forests is all about – using our expertise to create a beautiful wet woodland and water meadow, perfect for amphibians and rare insect species, which will also help control flooding in the area.
The site will be planted in two blocks, with black poplar and alder forming the majority of the top canopy, while goat willow and bird cherry will form the lower canopy. The shrub layer will include hazel, grey willow and wayfarer tree. The tree species have been chosen to include wet habitat specialists and provide a plentiful supply of nectar for insects and berries for birds. There will also be a pond in the middle with an amphibian hibernacula. Marginal aquatic plants are planted around the site, including yellow flag iris, water mint and ragged robin.