WOODHALL ESTATE

HERTFORDSHIRE

Property to Let
A well presented two bedroom semi-detached cottage in the picturesque village of Bramfield.  For further details please see our Property to Let page.


 
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Countryside Learning 2017
On 25th and 26th May Woodhall hosted two Countryside Learning days where over 400 pupils from various schools, both local and from inner city London, were invited to come for a day out in the countryside.  This is one of the activities we undertake every year to encourage children to appreciate the outdoors and it is a good opportunity for us to demonstrate some of the activities we undertake to manage a country estate.
 
The Woodhall team provide learning stands, such as ecology, game keeping and farming while the Countryside Learning team provide some really good fun, practical activities such as forestry, planting and livestock. There is also a bird of prey demonstration and all of the children’s favourite seems to Gary Richardson’s famous working dog Murphy.


 
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Hedgelaying
Forward planning is key to maximising the long term benefits for wildlife at the Woodhall Estate. Vast stretches of hedgerows have been planted over the years and now that they have established we want them to be beneficial to as much wildlife as possible.
 
Part of our winter/spring programme of works is spent hedgelaying in an effort to make the hedgerows as wide and as dense as possible.  They can then act as a wind break which helps to catch seeds to either provide food for wildlife or produce strong regrowth, thickening the lower layer of vegetation.  The hedgerow plants often still flower and fruit that same year which can be an adverse effect of continual hedge cutting rather than planned hedge management.
 
Positive hedgerow management has many benefits:  songbirds have a greater chance of finding a safe refuge in the centre, away from predators trying to steal their eggs.  Hedge trimmings are mixed into or stacked near to the area to naturally decay for the benefit of insects and their habitats.

As soon as our hedgelaying operations are completed song birds definitely seem to be attracted to them even in the winter months, and now it is June we would like to think that there are plenty of safely fledged  birds successfully finding a steady supply of little caterpillars to feed on.  





 
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A Seasonal Update - Early Summer
The recent rains have not only been welcome for crops and young trees but  they are just in time to water in our recently planted wild flower and wild bird seed mixes.

Wild flowers add additional value to field corners and 6 metre grass margins which have been removed from production to benefit wildlife.  By the end of the summer they will be full of insect life when the clovers, vetches, sanfoin and ragged robin, to name but a few, come into flower. 

Wild bird seed mixtures contain a variety of small seeding plants including triticale, quinoa and kale which provide small farmland birds with a variety of food sources to help them through the winter months.  Also flowers such as phacelia and linseed help to ensure that there is an abundance of insect life in these areas for young chicks to feed on.
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