ACS Consulting were instructed by an International Quarry Products company to undertake an arboricultural survey to inform on the future management of the parkland trees at Norton Conyers, Ripon, North Yorkshire.
Norton Conyers is a late medieval manor house with Stuart and Georgian additions. The site consists of the Grade II Registered Park and Garden of Norton Conyers House. The tree survey encompassed an area of parkland/pasture, an arable field and blocks of woodland located to the south and south west of the main house in the flood plain of the River Ure. The parkland is currently used as grazing for sheep and cattle and benefits from a lack of public access.
The survey identified approximately two-hundred and sixty trees of which a small number were identified as veteran trees and a number of others as verging on veteran status. Of particular note was a walnut.
The trees at Norton Conyers have historic interest as part of the landscape giving the surrounding landscape definition and maturity as well as enhancing the setting of the hall. As part of the assessment, a Phase 1 Bat Survey was undertaken. Overall, our assessment found the trees to have good bat potential. Veteran trees in general provide important habitats for bats throughout the year. With a number of veteran trees as well as blocks of woodland the opportunities for bats are high. Our assessment concluded the trees at the site are clearly a principal component of the whole estate enhancing and giving scale and maturity as principle landscape features.