A WOODLAND that will create a safe wildlife corridor for animals and birds has been planted in Cotebrook.
Staff at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre near Tarporley have planted 1,500 saplings, which will grow into a wildlife corridor joining fields and lakeland areas.
Janet King, who runs the centre with husband Alistair, said it was part of their goal to help wildlife in Cheshire by providing an environment conducive to encouraging wildlife to thrive and flourish.
“We are starting to see the shape of the woodland now, but we will never see it come to fruition,” she said.
“Some of the trees will only mature in 100 years, but we’re leaving a legacy for a future generation.
“We are putting back hedges and trees that have been taken out over the years to provide a corridor helping animals and birds travel safely without crossing open fields where they would be vulnerable to predators.”
The woodland is made up of common oak, field maple, silver birch, wild cherry, crab apple, hazel, hawthorn and dog rose.
A flock of 60 chickens are acting as ‘natural lawnmowers’ to keep the grass around the woodland low, giving the young trees a better chance of survival.
The hens are also providing eggs that are sold in the gift shop and used in the dishes served in the centre’s Lakeside Café as well as the neighbouring Alvanley Arms, also run by the Kings.
The new woodland is due to open to the public next year when the trees are more fully grown.