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The environment at Ransom Wood is one of the aspects that makes the park so unique and special so a big effort is made to enhance its beauty whilst at the same time maintaining the correct environmental balance. The site will stay as 70% green space and 30% development, which is an extremely high ratio in comparison to almost any office park.
In 2009, Ransomwood Estates received The Environment Award at the Chad Enterprise Awards in recognition of our efforts. In spring 2012, Ransom Wood was highly commended for its work on the environment by Mansfield 2020. In 2015 Ransom Wood switched on its solar farm making it what is though to be the first self sufficient business park in the UK when the sun shines.
Ransom Wood is a true haven for animal life thanks to its protected environment. The park provides a range of habitats for wildlife including lowland heath which is rare in this area and supports a number of uncommon plants and animals including bull finch and song thrush, all of which are in a state of rapid decline in the UK.
The variety of bird life is astounding (several breeds of Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tits, Owls and many more) and mammals such as Fallow Deer can be seen grazing from your window. The site is also used to return healed animals and birds to their natural environment, such as Tawny Owls, Kestrels and even a Buzzard.
The RSPB are regular visitors to Ransom Wood. They take part in bird watching as well as moth nights.
Ransom Wood is an oasis of floral life and was proud to have been recognized by ‘Mansfield in Bloom’ as a runner up. The flora is particularly special in Ransom Wood in Spring and early summer when the wild flowers around the park are in their full beauty.A number of studies has shown that Ransom Wood supports a variety of noteworthy flora within its “Site of Importance to Nature Conservation” designation, including a mosaic of heathers, moss and herbs and extensive spreads of native trees such as Oak and Birch.
Ransom Wood has an ongoing program for the planting of native trees and shrubs to the site and managing it in order to encourage the return of indigenous flora and fauna. Fallen wood is left on the ground to encourage rare beetles and other invertebrates.
In 2009, the biggest project to date took place to thin the woodland to each side of Ransom Wood’s main drive. At the same time, two woodland clearings were created and new trees planted in the form of Celtic Oak Circles. These clearings will in time become the focus for woodland walks around the site as well as places to sit in peace with nature.
Further to this, new habitat creation of acid grassland and the extension and improvement of heath land (a local endangered heather will be introduced through swathes) will bring more species into the park.
Published: 23rd May 2019
There is a special connection at Ransom Wood to Night Jars – learn a bit more about this in our Nightjar article.
Published: 14th January 2013
Say hello to our old man of the woods. Isn’t he great! He was carved for us by Mark Butler who has won several prizes for his work.