Ribey’s Wood, Brandesburton

New community woodland created

Ex-dairy farmer Alan and his wife Barbara have planted 2790 native trees and shrubs on their farm at Brandesburton, East Riding of Yorkshire.

The main reason for this new woodland is to leave a legacy and community woodland for future generations to enjoy.

Assisted by members of PATT Foundation, including The Green Task Force, local volunteers, Community Payback and staff from Octopus Energy, the trees were planted over the course of a few days.

The design was developed with Humber Forest and the landowners to make sure it complemented the work already carried out.

The total area of the site includes 1.84 hectares of native woodland with an open glade of 0.13 hectares with rides and footpaths.

Summary of the project

The owners have farmed the site previously and decided to move out of dairy farming some time ago. The business diversified into holiday lets and the natural beauty of the site has been enhanced through wetland and woodland creation by the owners. They were keen to reduce their carbon footprint alongside creating a new woodland.

‘In the long term we would like to transfer ownership of the woodland to an environmental charity to secure its’ future and ensure access to the space as a nurturing and learning environment for the public.’ Barbara Ribey

The chosen field was previously grazed and more recently cut for silage/fodder. The fertile soil is perfect for the species mix of native broadleaved trees. The owners wanted to create a legacy woodland for the benefit of local people and wildlife. Woodland already exists around the site so this new planting will greatly enhance the wildlife value of the area. Consisting of nectar rich and fruit species alongside more traditional forest trees, this wood will attract a greater diversity of wildlife and provide an inspiring place for people to enjoy and feel closer to nature.


Project impact  

Natural flood management and water quality:  The woodland is close to a main drain so will reduce the speed of run-off and slow the flow during heavy rain periods.

Public access and management: The hope is to make Ribey’s Wood into a public woodland for the local community.

Enhancing wildlife: The site features a new diverse woodland connecting with existing habitats to create an improved wildlife haven. The rides and central glade will increase biodiversity and edge effect so important to breeding insects and birds.

Contribution to Net Zero: The project is expected to capture approximately 523 tonnes of carbon.

Engagement, health and wellbeing: The establishment of Ribey’s Wood will provide an educational and recreational site for local people. Low-key access will allow for re-connecting with nature and have a wellbeing benefit for the community.

Employment and skills / a reduction in reoffending: PATT Foundation and Green Task Force help veterans from across East Yorkshire to find positive pathways through recovery, training and employment to work within the Green Economy

‘We decided to investigate the possibility of creating a woodland and eventually landed at the feet of the Humber Forest.’ Barbara Ribey

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