Assessing the Natural Capital of Three Hagges Wood-Meadow  

A Report for Hagge Woods Trust Published 18th October 2015:



Eftec, the UK’s leading environmental economics consultancy, has created a new case study for Hagge Woods Trust into the value of the Natural Capital of Three Hagges Wood-Meadow.  The study demonstrates the wider economic benefits of creating our new wood-meadow, and the results clearly make the case for similar investments in other small projects like ours. Produced by Ece Ozdemiroglu and Duncan Royal – the brilliant hard work of Ece and Duncan and their team is very much appreciated. A special thanks to Margaux Wehr, who pulled together so much of the data for the report.

Ece  has commented:  ‘ The results clearly make the case for similar investments elsewhere.’  We hope to use the report in advancing our mission to see a wood-meadow in every parish.

You can download the full report by clicking  here:



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Betty’s Staff Planting Day

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On Friday 8th May a team from Betty’s Tree Group came to plant out wild flowers that they had previously sown last Autumn in our onsite Betty’s Enhancement Nursery.



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Once over 300 plugs had been planted we couldn’t resist feeling the Spring wood meadow beneath our feet.





The Betty’s staff volunteers had brought with them delicious goodies from Betty’s Craft Bakery and so we all enjoyed these with coffee while gathered by the Nursery. IMG_2808

Hagge Woods Trust is immensely grateful to Betty’s for its continuing support which enables us to build the nursery and enhance the wood meadow. This has increased botanical diversity by 50% and the work continues.



lin’s guest blog appears on
the botanical society for britain and ireland (bsbi) website 

It gives an overview of the project at Three Hagges Jubilee Wood and you can read it here:



On Wednesday 5th March 2014, we heard that we had received the most generous support from the Heart of England Forest, and the Forest of Dennis Project.

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We are thrilled to announce the Support of Bettys of Harrogate and of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Bettys have generously agreed to support the installation of our enhancement nursery. We could not be more thrilled! The sand beds and shade tunnels will allow us to raise native species of perennials that will be introduced to the wood and meadow. This will greatly increase the floral diversity on site on which so much other wildlife depends – the pollinators and other insects, birds, bats and other small mammals. we have already welcomed Bettys Tree Group, who have started as they mean to go on; the girls sowed some 200 late flowering perennials, which will provide pollen and nectar for pollinators over an extended season. Thank you all so much.

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We are pleased and honoured to announce the Support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. And in offering their support to Hagge Woods Trust, they have given not only greatly appreciated financial assistance, but also a terrific affirmation of the worth of our project. A huge thank you. Find out about the work of the Foundation on our Supporters’ page.




What People are Saying about Three Hagges Jubilee Wood

People are starting to say good things …..

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In 2013, We received a David Bellamy Conservation Award of Special Distinction, and here is the team who made it happen.


Photo: Mike Cowling

Photo: Mike Cowling

‘Although the site is entirely new, and so will not have any intrinsic or established conservation significance such as Local Wildlife Site, SSSI or other status, it nevertheless will contribute to a richer landscape for wildlife in the future, and will therefore help to implement our local, regional and national ambitions. It seems to me that the Hagge Woods Trust is already in a good position to be able to progress the project in collaboration with the community and expert advisers and in so doing will directly contribute to conservation and to the greater understanding of woodlands and woodland creation techniques. (23.4.13) …

Great to see continued progress!’

Jeff Lunn, Area Manager, Natural England. Chartered Environmentalist and founder Member of the Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management  (11.12.13)


‘Absolutely wonderful…The Three Hagges Jubilee Wood is a most remarkable project.  Thanks for sharing.’

Nigel Winser, Executive Vice President, Earthwatch Institute (23.9.13)


‘Three Hagges woodland and wild flower meadow is an inspirational and innovative project, creating a substantial ecological asset with real community involvement and providing an educational and research resource into the future.’

Ann Hanson,  Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership (27.11.13)


‘What an inspiring and very positive project!!  How stimulating it will be to plant a new woodland for future generations of wildlife as well as people.  Your design principles and species choice are to be commended!’

Hugo Straker,  Adviser, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (10.12.13)


‘The wood is terrific.  You’re clearly having great fun and doing remarkable things.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was a network of such Hagges Woods across the whole country?  Perhaps you can inspire others!’

Andrew Franklin, Managing Director of Profile Books (13.12.13)