Kier Living at Meldon

This new woodland, at Meldon, near Morpeth in Northumberland, comprises 16 acres planted in spring 2017. Critical funding that enabled the project to proceed was provided by Kier Living through the purchase of carbon credits generated by the woodland. The principle objective at the site is to produce timber, the best of which will be used in the construction industry and the rest for wood fuel. The project comprises one third Sitka spruce, the remainder being equal components of Oak, Alder, Silver birch, Downy birch, Western red cedar and Eucalyptus. This woodland will improve the biodiversity and landscape of the area called Lough Hills. It is adjacent to the ancient Nunriding Wood and will connect the priority habitat woodlands to the north and east of the planting area. Finally – the new woodland will improve water quality and moderate flow on the Nun Burn. There is access to the site for walkers.

Project additional benefits:

  • community
  • wildlife
  • productive
  • water quality
  • Trees planted:

  • 10,528 over 6.58 hectares
  • When:

  • 2017
  • Predicted CO2 capture:

  • 1,552 tonnes over 40 years
  • Species mix:

  • Sitka spruce, Oak, Alder, Silver birch, Downy birch, Western red cedar and Eucalyptus