Public support secures woodland's future

The future of a woodland has been secured after 300 trees were planted on the Malvern Hills.

Saplings of Norway Spruce, Scots Pine and Hornbeam donated by local people and visitors have been planted by a team of Malvern Hills Trust volunteers in Thirds Wood on Jubilee Drive.

In recent years MHT have undertaken woodland management in Thirds Wood including removing diseased and weak trees to allow the healthier trees to mature. 

Beck Baker, Community and Conservation Officer said, “The species of trees planted here have been carefully selected to maintain the character of this wood for local people and visitors to enjoy.  Wildlife including Siskins and Crossbills will also benefit from this habitat conservation.”

Alongside natural regeneration within the woodland, the new trees will ensure that this Thirds Wood remains part of the Malvern Hills’ landscape for generations to come.

Beck added “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the kind people who donated saplings for planting in this woodland.  Your support means that this landscape and special part of the Malvern Hills will live on.

“Our thanks also go to our volunteers who play and essential part in looking after the Hills and Commons.”

Thirds Wood was first planted around 1860 as a commemorative planting for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Straddling Jubilee Drive on the western side of the Hills, this woodland has a special character all of its own, earning it the local name of ‘Little Switzerland’.