The Barnes Charitable Trust
About The Woodland
This two hectares of woodland is typical of the semi-natural woodland found around the Morecambe Bay limestone area. The principal species are Oak with Ash, Beech, Wild Cherry, a few Sycamore, Birch and Wych Elm. Groves of Yew trees are also a particular feature. Yew were also planted along the drive together with trees around the house and garden, and some are estimated to be over 300 years old. Fine specimens of Coast Redwood, Corsican Pine, European Larch, Scots Pine and Horse Chestnut originate from planting in Victorian times, with Walnut and Sweet Chestnut more recently. The under storey has Holly, a few Hazel and Hawthorn. As well as Ivy and many ferns, the woodland ground flora includes Wood Anemone, English Bluebell, Common Violet, Spurge Laurel and Toothwort.
Ashmeadow woodlands provide a haven for wildlife with more than twenty-six species of birds breeding.
Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Tawny Owl are frequently seen.
Butterflies in spring or summer include Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and the occasional Dark Green Fritillary.
We are about to start a fernery. The idea is to have specimens of all the native ferns of the AONB planted along the path outside the Walled Garden. Many already grow wild in the woodlands but this will be a bit more formal.
The Barnes Charitable Trust was set up in 1991 under the terms of the will of the late John Barnes, who for many years was the owner of Earnseat School.
The Barnes Charitable Trust Registered Charity 1002338
Trustees: Andy Pringle (Chairman), Ann Kitchen (Treasurer), David Barton (Vice-Chair), Helen Caldwell, Mary Hamilton, Julia Holroyd, Basil Herwald, Pete McSweeney, Jennifer Rae, Chris Youdale, Honorary Secretary: Ken Kitchen
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