Client / Site: University of Cambridge / 800 Wood
From 1998 to 2013 we managed the woodlands belonging to the University of Cambridge. The University owns approx. 65ha of woodland, including Madingley Wood SSSI and the historic woodlands surrounding Madingley Hall.
In 2007 the University’s Rural Surveyor Rachel Buckingham-Howard, asked us to design and implement the planting of a 10ha field to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge. The project’s primary objective was to produce a new native woodland design to mirror and extend the adjacent Madingley Wood SSSI. The project also required us to manage the contractor tender process, supervise the planting and maintenance programmes, design and produce interpretation boards and involve local stakeholder groups.
We were successful in securing grant funding from the Forestry Commission, SITA Trust and Cambridge City Council which contributed towards the planting, maintenance, signage, gates and access improvements. Over 15,000 trees and shrubs were planted in March 2008, with the assistance of 35 local school children who also helped with the design of a special sign to mark their planting area. As the project evolved, we conducted tours for members of Madingley Parish Council and the Madingley Historic Gardens Group to ensure the local community was kept up to date with developments.
On 20th April 2009 the woodland, christened ‘800 Wood’, was officially opened to the public by the Chancellor of University of Cambridge, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. We were invited to play a key part in the day, discussing the design of the new woodland with the Chancellor and giving him a brief tour of the site. Public interest in the project ensured the event was well attended and we ran tours for the public until late into the evening.
“As part of the University’s 800 anniversary celebrations Lockhart Garratt worked with me to assist in the layout and design, secured grant funding and managed the planting and maintenance of the largest wood the University has ever planted. Nothing was too much trouble whether it was dealing with school children on tree planting days, preparing interpretation boards or helping with our Royal visit on the open day when the wood was opened to the public. I would not hesitate to recommend them.”
Rachel Buckingham-Howard, Rural Surveyor, Cambridge University