The Council is working with Hathern Parish Council on the further detail of a project which is looking to create a 15 acre community woodland on council-owned land off Golden Square in Hathern.

The proposed Hathern Community Woodland project, which will see around 14,000 trees planted on the site, will soon go out to tender.

The project has the support of the Forestry Commission and Hathern Parish Council and is now being planned to be planted in Autumn 2022.

Blocks of native broadleaf and naturalised trees species are proposed to be planted on two arable fields adjacent to Golden Square and Lammas Drive, with plenty of room for woodland walks.

The project is also expected to contribute to the Council’s commitment to become Carbon Neutral by 2030. It is estimated that after 30 years the Hathern Community Woodland has the potential to capture up to 1,323 tonnes carbon dioxide.

The council-owned land off Golden Square has a total of area of 18-acres and the woodland is expected to be around 15-acres.

Hathern Community Woodland Consultation

A consultation held in the summer of 2021 received over 200 responses.

Most responses were very supportive and a number of the ideas suggested by local residents will be incorporated into the design and execution of the woodland, including: community involvement in the planting; provision of bins; and carefully selected planting mixes to ensure that local residents’ properties are not shaded.There will also be new gates to reduce the likelihood of the woodland being misused by motorbikes, while improving access for off-road mobility scooters.

Ideas to accommodate car parking, equestrian usage, and mountain biking were all given careful consideration.

Overall the emphasis on providing a low-key facility accommodating local pedestrian use was thought most appropriate given the size and location of the site. 

Thank you to everyone who completed the consultation.

Preparing the site for planting

Some preparatory works are ongoing including the removal of fly tipped waste and the removal of old asbestos sheds. More work will be carried out during the summer and autumn 2022 to prepare the land for planting.

Last updated: Thu 31st March, 2022 @ 16:42