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New Woodlands Good for Water Quality in Dorset

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11:24am 30th April 2014

Water in Dorset's streams is set to improve thanks to the creation of two new woodlands near Dorchester.

They've been planted at two priority sites, the Came Estate and Lower Burton Mill, by the Environment Agency and Woodland Trust and cost £9,000.

Species planted include alder, willow, oak, field maple, wild cherry, hazel, hawthorn and dog rose.

It's hoped the 3,400 new trees will not only improve water quality but help reduce surface water flooding in the future.

Hamish Thompson from the Woodland Trust explains how it helps improve water quality and wildlife;

"Any tree planting is always great for wildlife, but also when you're planting alongside rivers then the shade that the trees create over the river, can do a lot to improve the environment for fish, they can moderate water temperature when we have hotter periods of weather and they host a whole load of insects which is great for fish living in the river as well."

The trees however, are great to help combat flood water;

"Their routes go really deep into the soil so when surface water is running off along the surface of the ground, when it goes through an area of trees, because their routes are so deep it makes the ground much more permeable so that it can infiltrate a lot quicker."

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