Tree planting scheme at Chard Reservoir
Chard Reservoir is a renowned nature reserve and area of outstanding beauty and is a haven for walkers, bird watchers and anglers.
A few weeks ago our teams at Chard Reservoir were out in force to plant 600 new trees across the site.
The trees have been planted at various points around Chard Reservoir all for differing purposes. Some gap filling hedgerows on the eastern side, a small copse of 400 trees to the south and some additional trees along the disused railway line on the western edge. These trees will provide refuge for numerous species, sequester carbon and provide a much richer species mix to the site.
SSDC is continuously looking at ways to increase our canopy cover and diversity of trees, so some of these trees will also replace standard trees lost to disease or damage. We see this as essential but also know how important dead wood is to species such as insects, fungi and bird species, so it is also about how we use those trees in the best way for the ecosystem as a whole. We’ve also designated a wild flower plot on the southern point of the site which has been prepared for wild flowers, with the intention to sow seeds this spring.
SSDC is committed to its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030 and also recognises the biodiversity crisis currently sweeping our native species and habitats. As a landowner we are taking swift and positive action to tackle this, and are rolling out more tree planting schemes across the district during the next planting season this autumn.