We provided a grant to a local charity – Pondhead Conservation Trust to help to establish a community woodland at Pondhead Inclosure (outskirts of Lyndhurst).
The area is has not been grazed by ponies or cattle for centuries and therefore has a range of flora found in few other parts of the Forest.
Establishing the community woodland has improved the coppice management of the hazel, allowing more light into the wood. This helps the growth of ground flora such as violets and bugle which are the food plant for the rare Pearl- bordered Fritillary found at Pondhead.
The coppiced hazel is used to produce charcoal which can be purchased locally: