Trees

One of our projects is to carry out a survey of the trees which are common in Mercer Wood. To do this we will need volunteers!

If you would like to take part in this project, please contact us.

Mercer Wood is not an ancient woodland. Although there is an indication of a medieval hedgerow existing on the site, the majority of the trees, even though classed as mature, appear to be relatively recent having grown on the site following the demolition of the old mill. A majority of these trees are Sycamores but there are a healthy scattering of some more exotic species that have survived from the times when sections of the site were part of residential gardens. Lack of management and vandalism on the site is evident in the density of trees as well as their condition and a priority of the group was to carry out a full conservation audit. To this end we are grateful to the local British Trust for Conservation Volunteers who have given freely of their time in order to show us how to carry out the audit.

A full audit will take some considerable time and so we have decided to break the task down into two stages. The first was to identify, plot and carry out a basic safety check on all of the mature trees in order that any trees that might be considered hazardous can receive attention. This extended over the winter months of 2011 after which we have gained the experience to carry out the second stage, a full check and audit of each tree. This is a stage we are currently planning.

In the period following this survey one other species of tree, the Holm Oak, was identified. We are also happy to report that a lot of the rubbish left by tipping has been cleared by our group and work parties of the BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers).

The findings from our initial survey carried out in May 2011 is listed below.

Name Of Wood

Mercer Wood, Gainsborough

Woodland Type

Mixed

Species of trees/shrubs present

Apple

Ash

Beech

Blackcurrant

Damson

Elder

Gooseberry

Gorse

Hawthorn

Holly

Honey Locust

Laburnum

Leylandii

Laurel

Lilac

Privet

Raspberry

Sycamore

Wild Cherry

Willow – Goat

Which type of tree is dominant in the wood

Sycamore

What are the main features of the wood

Undulating ground – several levels – any clearings heavily colonised by bramble, nettle and Japanese Bindweed.

Is there any evidence of recent woodland management

Neglect and tipping evident