Our Woodland

Over the years thousands of trees have been planted at Pollardine. Jane and Roger Hulton-Harrop, who started farming here together in 1985, completely transformed the landscape by creating new woodland. To date, over 50 acres have been planted and we have more planned for 2020.

About Our Woodland

We are proud to manage 100 acres of woodland here at Pollardine Farm. Some of the woodland has been part of the place for over 100 years.

The green areas on the map below show where Jane and Roger Hulton-Harrop have planted trees over the course of several decades. The orange areas show where we are going to plant in 2020.

To view the different decades, click the arrow next to the map title. This will allow you to view the left-hand panel. By checking or unchecking the red boxes next to each layer title, you will be able to see what has been added over the years.

Species planted at Pollardine Farm

Hardwood species: 

  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Blackthorn
  • Elder
  • Field Maple
  • Hawthorn
  • Hazel
  • Holly
  • Hornbeam
  • Oak
  • Rowan
  • Silver Birch
  • Sycamore
  • Willow

Softwood species:

  • Cypress
  • Douglas Fir
  • Larch
  • Norway Spruce
  • Scots Pine
  • Sitka Spruce

Our planting project 2015-16

We felled a stand of Douglas Fir to thin the ‘Big Wood’. This is something we’d wanted to do for a long time but could never afford. With the money raised from the douglas fir timber, we were able to thin the wood and replant the douglas stand with 8,200 trees. We also received a grant to make a road across one of our fields to get the timber out.

More copy and photos to be added…

25th March 2016

25th June 2018

Our plans for 2020

With support from The Woodland Grant Scheme, we are going to plant a total of 21 acres with trees. The species mix will be as follows.

16 acres will be planted with the full mix, consisting of:

  • Douglas Fir
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Norway Spruce
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Western Hemlock

The remaining 5 acres will be planted with predominantly Sitka Spruce and Norway Spruce as a catch crop, with a 10% coverage of mixed broadleaves such as oak, alder and cherry.

Other projects at Pollardine

Meadow management

After receiving a detailed survey of the flora on our farm from The Shropshire Wildlife Trust, we have started managing two of our fields as hay meadows. We will have them surveyed again next spring.

Hedgerow creation

We have been awarded funding from the Shropshire Hills AONB and The Woodland Trust to plant an additional 40 metres of hedgerow on the farm to connect existing corridors.

Venue for hire

In 2018 we built a timber building inside one of our old farm sheds. With a spacious meeting area, a kitchen, two toilets, disabled access and a stunning view, it’s the perfect location for a day away from the office.

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Pollardine Farm, Shropshire