FLOWERS AND PLANTING
Woodland Management and Tree Planting
Our Natural Burial Site was a conifer and beech plantation planted about 40 years ago by the Royal Navy. The woodland had never been managed so the trees have failed to thrive.
As part of our woodland restoration and management we are now felling most of the conifer and replanting with species that belong
on the South Downs. The re-stocked woodland will consist of
native species that may eventually be coppiced and
harvested for rural industry and wood fuel. This ‘working
woodland’ will dramatically extend the life of the trees and
shrub-layer species. This, in turn will enhance the opportunities for wildlife. Tree planning will planted in the winter months, when the young tree has the best chance of survival.
Not all plots will have a tree planted. This may be because the plot is already under an existing tree or in an area where a tree would be inappropriate, or the plot is not yet fully occupied.
There are a wide variety of wildflowers and native bulbs that are suitable for this habitat and may be planted. Only species that are native to the South Downs are permitted.
Nature is wonderful and will naturally re-colonise the site given time, so if you can be patient and allow natural regeneration it will provide the most suitable plants for this location.
All species which are not native to the South Downs are removed. This is to prevent cross-pollination and the irreversible contamination of our wild, native species. The most common plants that need to be removed are Spanish Bluebells and Primula/Polyanthus.
If you wish to plant flowers in graves we strongly recommend Naturescape.
They are a m,ail order nursery who always supply the correct species from our list.