Development of a Woodland Habitat at Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa
In April, as part of a week’s activity to celebrate our Hand Picked Values, the departmental teams at Rookery Hall undertook an interesting challenge to create a woodland habitat in the grounds. This activity was designed to engage the team in the Value of “Mutual”, how we embrace the local environment in which we operate.
To further develop this project, it was decided to seek the help of some specialist teams so that we can learn how to develop and maintain our woodland in the future. We met with our local college, Reaseheath Technical College, to enlist the support of the students and lecturers. Whilst the hotel and our guests will benefit from the development of our grounds, this provides an opportunity for the college to enhance the student learning by providing valuable work experience in a real environmental project.
Our vision is that the area, with the addition of a pond, will be adopted for the next two student years who will work with the Rookery Hall team to transform it into a habitat that will support a variety of animals, insects and plants. In addition, the students will undertake a full survey of our tree varieties, complete any necessary surgery and recommend how to care for them in the future.
The project will also incorporate the 16 nesting box sites that we have installed with a view to increasing the amount of bird species attracted to our grounds.
When you visit the hotel, if you would like further information on this project or any of the work we carry out in our grounds and gardens, please feel free to ask at Reception.
The woodland habitat today
We look forward to watching progress during the year and comparing pictures in the future