Growing trees at Langley Vale
Langley Vale is one of the Trust’s flagship woods – set to become a living legacy for future generations - and our volunteers have been hard at work m...Read more
We are creating England's First World War Centenary Wood on the edge of the Epsom Downs, in Surrey, but we can't do it without your help.
England’s Centenary Wood, is Langley Vale Wood, 640 acres of rolling hills and grassy fields near Epsom.
We hope to plant 200,000 native trees, including beech, rowan, hawthorn and oak and create carpets of striking wildflowers. The land will be transformed into a peaceful place with natural habitats.
Ten thousand trees have already been planted at this site by local school children and nearby residents.
Surrey is home to more ancient woodland than any other county and there are over 140 acres of existing woodland, mainly ancient, on this site. Our woodland creation will link and buffer these vital habitats, creating a safe environment for wildlife to thrive. It's this rich diversity of life that has led to parts of Langley Vale Wood being designated Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI).
In autumn 2015, we announced that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was needed at the site. The Environmental Statement, which formed the main body of the EIA, was submitted and approved by the Forestry Commission in November 2016. We are now working on a second EIA, which will accompany a planning application for a car park, visitor centre, approximately 6km of hard surface paths, a First World War memorial area and a natural play area.
With the successful completion of the EIA to the Forestry Commission, we are now planting trees on site and need your help. Find out more about planting and other events elsewhere.
Work is now well underway to create England’s Centenary Wood. This winter volunteers from across the South East, came to help plant over 20,000 trees. That means that by this spring we will have planted over 50,000 trees in Langley Vale Wood. Our volunteers have also helped us widening and creating paths in the ancient woodland, letting more light in and providing paths for exploration just in time for bluebells to appear.
Barbed wire is being removed from the estate and fly tipped litter collected, making the valley safe for visitors and their dogs. We have also invited the local community and schools to help us start growing the trees from their seeds that will be planted on site in 2018. The children from our local primary school now regularly have lessons in Langley Vale Wood, learning about the wildlife and plants which live there.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far – together we have raised over £4.5 m but we still need to raise a further £4.5 million of our £9 million total to create England's Centenary Wood.
Your donation will go directly to the purchase, creation and future management of Langley Vale Wood in Surrey.
This is an ambitious project that will benefit local people and wildlife for years to come.