Trees to be ripped up in Brampton wildflower blunder

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The saplings will be pulled out and replanted at another site, the Woodland Trust said

Dozens of saplings are to be ripped up after a Cumbrian farmer was wrongly advised to plant them in a wildflower meadow.

The saplings were planted close to rare Greater Butterfly Orchids at Gateshaw Mill Farm, near Brampton, after the Woodland Trust gave the go-ahead.

Conservationist Rob Dixon, of Wild Lakeland, pointed out the blunder and the trees will now be moved.

The Woodland Trust said a "mistake with data" was to blame for the error.

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It is hoped the wildflowers will grow when the trees are removed

The farm supplies milk to confectionary-maker Nestle which pays for the tree-planting drive as part of its landscape management programme.

A spokesman said the trees were planted with the "best of intentions" and the meadow would be restored.

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Rare Greater Butterfly Orchids grow in the meadow

A spokesman for the Woodland Trust said a database check had not revealed any areas of concern regarding the farm and the advice was given in error.

Conservationist Rob Dixon, of Wild Lakeland, said: "Wildflower rich grassland sites are often small, fragmented and under-recorded.

"As they are already such a rare and valuable habitat this makes them extremely vulnerable and at risk.

"As the trees got older they would have blocked out the light, destroying the flower habitat."

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