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PRP at Horncastle

PRP at Horncastle

The long-term vision of the new woodlands is to create/extend new deciduous woodland adjacent to exisitng semi-natural woodland.  The new woodlands will create habitats for priority species such as woodland birds and red squirrels.  The majority of the River Wansbeck and Ray Burn will be fenced off to reduce the amount of diffuse pollution and stop livestock drinking and defaecating in the watercourses.  The reduction in nutrients and silts will benefit the nationally important populations of Freshwater white-clawed crayfish.  Woodland design will help to slow up flood water that will benefit downstream properties including Morpeth.  Once the maturing tree canopy covers the watercourse, it will help to cool the temperature of water and thus benefiting crayfish, fish and invertebrates.  

Species Mix

  • Alder
  • Aspen
  • Birch
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Rowan
  • Willow
  • Douglas fir
  • Scots pine
  • Sitka spruce

PRP at Horncastle

21,599 trees 13.76 hectares Spring 2021 2,486 tonnes CO2

Project Additional Benefits

Productive Wildlife