We are working with the Wildlife Trust to develop a long-term conservation plan, as part of our commitment to sustainable management. Our aim is to create beautiful natural native woodland that will link up with two other existing woods, creating migration corridors for wildlife.
Our team of dedicated groundsmen ensure that a wide variety of woodland trees, plants and wildlife thrive throughout the year.
Our grounds may appear unkempt at certain times of the year. For example, the grass may be left long and vegetation uncut. This is to protect nesting birds and create natural habitats that are more favourable for wildlife, such as butterflies and bees.
Bulbs and flower planting
We take care to remove any unnatural materials left behind at our grounds and request that only native bulbs and flowers are planted on burial or cremated remains plots.
Clayton Wood are working with the Wildlife Trust to ensure a programmed planting of native trees, creating a woodland habitat in keeping with the local area for this scenic woodland burial site.
To ensure the long term health of the wood we have a planned management programme for our trees. This will entail trimming, lopping and even cutting down trees to ensure an ongoing cycle of growth. When any tree cutting or clearance work is undertaken, we ensure the waste wood is used to provide log pile habitats for invertebrates and amphibians.
To avoid any possible upset to families and for the benefit of all, trees will not be planted on individual graves but will be planted around them. You will not own or have an individual tree but will have several nearby.
Boxes have been installed around Clayton Wood to provide homes for birds and bats. The bird boxes are designed to attract great, blue, marsh, coal and crested tits, nuthatches and tree and house sparrows.
As well as our resident fish, our pond has a healthy invertebrate community with water boatmen, pondskaters, cased caddis, damselfly larvae, beetle larvae, water hoglouse, gammarus and snails.
The Wildlife Trust conducted amphibian surveys in 2016 and we were delighted to find great crested and palmate newts in the channel leading into the pond. Great crested newts are a protected species under wildlife law so should not be disturbed if seen.
Our bats might include crevice dwelling species such as all three species of pipistrelle bat (Common, sopranoand Nathusius’), Noctule and Daubenton’s bat.