Habitat management

Great Dixter provides a complex matrix of habitats within a relatively small estate, which explains why we have such rich biodiversity. We try to manage our land to support wildlife.

Meadows are cut in August or September and the richest cuttings strewn and then removed to spread the seed of plants we want to increase such as the orchids, as well as to spread the seed of annuals such as yellow rattle Rhinanthus minor, which parasitises the grasses and allows for greater floral diversity which in turn supports insect communities and other organisms.

We are fundraising to increase the acreage of our flower rich meadows by converting areas of pasture.

During winter and when we are able to find funds parcels of our coppiced woodland are cut. This produces plant supports which are used in the garden, material to be used for our green wood products which are sold in the shop, improves the health of the trees and allows light to reach the woodland floor, enabling a diverse range of flora to grow supporting different insect and animal communities.

In the winter of 2014 we received a grant of £1000 from the High Weald AONB’s Community Landscape Fund to carry out coppice work and training. You can find out more about this work on the All things Wild blog.

We are also actively managing our hedgerows and have had 2 areas laid and planted with whips of different tree species by John French who attends our various plant and Christmas fairs selling traditional tools. This will help to rejuvenate the hedgerow, and improve its biodiversity.

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