Vigilis Tree Shelters at the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Wood
Extension to Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire
Project: 15,500 treeshelters to protect trees on woodland planting in Leicestershire
Client: I. Hart Woodland & Groundcare for Woodland Trust
Location: Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire
First phase of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood was planted in 2012, with a further tranche of planting work taking place in 2019/20. The very wet planting season delayed the start, so there was some concern over getting the trees established quickly and creating a good visual impact as soon as possible. Understandably, Woodland Trust benefactors like to see the results of their generous donations in terms of woodland creation. The other concern was the number of smallish planting plots – some adjoining water ways and others filling in corners or sections of existing farmland, with woods and hedges harbouring rabbits and some muntjac deer, which would have made protecting the plots difficult using traditional fencing methods. Also, with public access and visual impact both important requirements, full height deer fence would have been obtrusive and not funded under the appropriate woodland creation grants.
Woodland Trust elected to use 1.2m treeshelters on the problem areas detailed above, and I. Hart Woodland & Groundcare chose to buy Vigilis treeshelters through Suregreen Ltd. Price was one consideration for I. Hart Woodland & Groundcare, but the ability to buy their treeshelters direct from the manufacturer, who also supplied good quality stakes, made the ordering and supply process much easier to manage. The Vigilis treeshelters provide an excellent growing environment which encourages fast establishment and speedy growth, and the treeshelters are also longitudinally stronger than most other treeshelters. This makes them perfect for pushing into soil that’s been churned up through the heavy rains.
Buying from a manufacturer who sells both tubes and stakes made purchasing a simple affair for I. Hart Woodland & Groundcare – with one supplier co-ordinating delivery and invoicing for both materials. Using Vigilis 1.2m treeshelters will safeguard trees on the small and difficult to protect planting plots against herbicide spray, rabbit/hare browsing and the odd deer passing by, as well as allowing both animals and humans to wander freely through the newly planted trees. Vigilis treeshelters also encourage speedy growth of the young seedlings so that, in 2-3 years’ time, Woodland Trust can confidently anticipate visitors being able to enjoy a scenic stroll through this newly created woodland area. Suregreen Ltd are proud to work with I. Hart Woodland & Groundcare and Woodland Trust in the creation of this important woodland resource.