Introducing our new site, Stanley Lane!
The ANT team are excited to share that we have purchased our next piece of land, Stanley Lane!
In winter 2021, we gained permission to plant a new 10,000 tree permanent woodland at Stanley Lane, and officially completed our purchase of the site.
This was only made possible by the dedication and commitment of donors and volunteers who share our passion for trees and nature. We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has supported us so far in this journey – we could not have done it without you!
With the help of our fantastic volunteers, we are now in the exciting process of transforming the site from pasture into a thriving woodland that will help fight the climate crisis and create a vital space for nature. We have been running tree planting days at Stanley Lane over the course of December and have plenty more planned across January.
There is still much work to be done, so if you would like to play a part in the creation of this exciting new woodland project, please register below.
About Stanley Lane
Stanley Lane is a 6 hectare site on the edge of the hamlet of Stanley, near Chippenham and Calne. At present the land is mostly pasture, but with the right planting in the right place, it will make a wonderfully biodiverse habitat whilst capturing that all important CO2. As ever, we are planting native species with an eye on our future climate and creating space for nature to thrive.
With the planned expansion of Chippenham and thousands of new houses nearby a new woodland is needed here more than ever before, and will be another small but vital step to increasing our national tree cover to fight climate change and halt biodiversity loss.
Almost all of Avon’s woodland has disappeared over the last few centuries. This is disastrous for many reasons but perhaps most pressingly because trees are essential for tackling climate change. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and protect the valuable soil beneath. By growing thousands of new trees we can take a significant step in the battle against a climate disaster.
Reforesting the catchment has multiple other benefits. It will provide natural flood management which is much more cost-effective than engineered flood defences. All of the towns and cities in the area, including Chippenham, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon and Bristol are greatly at risk of flooding, particularly as climate change advances.
Careful planting will also help enhance biodiversity and protect our water quality by reducing nitrogen runoff. In addition, land acquired will have open access to the public, providing valuable public space.