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Sulham Woodmeadows

"Our aim is to create a farmed mosaic of habitat manged by extensive grazing and with the aim of maximising biodiversity. The site is accessible to people and permissive paths and outdoor opportunities will contribute to the well being of our local community"

Sulham Old Map Crossover

Our Woodmeadows project is taking place on the Sulham Estate in West Berkshire. We have identified 130ha of mixed arable land to be managed for habitat restoration.

 

Sulham Estate provides a home to a healthy wildlife population and provides a natural green space for the local community. The land has been farmed for centuries and our historic maps show the greater complexity of land use with smaller parcels of farmland habitat. 

This mosaic allows wildlife to roam over larger areas with more regular areas to take refuge and dramatically improve species diversity.  We have carefully designed our habitat map to incorporate the protect the heritage of the site and maintain sustainable farming activities.

Credit Berkshire Archives

The Railway field lies at the north of our site. The field are being sown with a blend of native grass and wildflower species. In Spring we will see a landscape colourful petals and healthier grass which bring butterflies, birds and insects.

Stoneham's Farm has be designed to take advantage of the hillside where it stands. Expansive aerial views of the Sulham Valley have been preserved and the complexity of the historic land map has influenced our mosaic of habitats.

Amongst the diverse shapes of grassland, meadow and woodland are areas of copice and a community orchard. We have carefully curated the walkways to create harmony between people and the surrounding wildlife. Any existing woodland paths will remain unaltered.

The southern portion of our site is Sadler's Farm which connects to Stoneham's through a mixed woodland that has stood for many years?

We are establishing two new ponds to accompany the existing pond that provides a habitat for priority amphibian species.

Credit Ordnance Survey

UKHab Habitat Composite

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is a government policy that ensures a positive change to nature for future land development. Developers must ensure a minimum of 10% upyield in the value of biodiversity which is measured using Defra's Biodiversity Metric.

We are early adopters in the principles of this system and have created a a verifiable and trustworthy supply of high-quality habitat which can be traded to meet BNG quotas. This new market for nature restoration will provide financial support to landowners who want to manage their land for greater biodiversity.

Sulham Woodmeadows Project

We are collaborating with Sulham Estate in West Berkshire for a habitat restoration project across 130ha of former arable farmland. This is creating a significant number of Biodiversity units for sale.

This work will transform the existing cropland into a mosaic of biodiverse habitats. By providing a regional offering of high quality BNG units the estate has begun a transformation that not only creates habitat but also wider community engagement opportunities for local schools and community groups.

 

Further benefits include a significant contribution to soil health, air quality and carbon sequestration in a strategically important area to the west of Reading. The site will remain ‘farmed’ with grazing livestock and haymaking. The design and management of the scheme is sympathetic to the wider landscape of the AONB.

Sulham Stoneham Map

Our current plan of Stoneham's
*This could be subject to change* 

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