Ride Management & Improvement
| We undertake all aspects of ride management. A woodland ride may have a hard surfaced track making up part of the width or more commonly are not surfaced known as green rides. The ride is usually made up of several zones. Most commonly rides consist of a central grass zone with a mixed herbaceous and shrub zone on one or both sides. A path or track becomes a ride at the point when it is wide enough for there to be a gap in the canopy above the ride which allows sunlight to reach the ground.|
Woodland rides are the main arteries of the forest they enable both the owner and the forester access to both enjoy and maintain the woodland and if maintained properly also act as a wildlife habitat corridor through which many vertebrate & invertebrate species thrive and rely. Through careful planning, the maintenance of these rides can work in harmony with all these species whilst still maintaining that access. As well as acting as routes into the woodland for maintenance and extraction routes for timber, they can also become highways for many species of mammals, which increase in diversity throughout the year, allowing new species of birds and insects in through timely management. Butterflies and other pollinating species for example will slowly be allowed back into your woodland as the species of fauna improve due to more light being allowed to hit the woodland floor, this will in turn allow more species of birds and mammals who will feed on the insects and fauna that will start to establish itself.
Public access into your woodland, is something that many woodland owners are scared of doing, believing this will increase the risk of damage to their woodland, but there are many grants available to allow for the improvement of your woodlands and one are that the government is keen to improve is access for all and trying to encourage people back into our woodlands so that everyone gets the chance to visit and enjoy the countryside. In many case public rights of way (Prow for short) already exist within and through many of our woodland but over time these routes and paths have been lost or have become impassable through neglect or lack of use. Using a grant to re-establish or improve these Prows will not only enable you to increase the access for the public into you wood but can also help generate income or even help fund new access routes for the owner.
Contact us to see if your woodland could benefit from one of these grants or has the potential for increased access to help generate so income through ride management/improvement.
|Ride Management - Before and After Clearing |