Woodland Thinning: January 2017

Upper Memorial Wood

About a third of the trees in Upper Memorial Wood will shortly be felled as part of the on-going thinning operation that has already been completed in four of the Trust’s Woods.

Why are we Thinning?

When the woods were planted a quarter of a century ago there was a profitable market for poles for use in coal mines and other industries.  Unfortunately the market for these subsequently collapsed and as a consequence we are having to reduce the intense competition between the closely planted trees by thinning and removing those damaged and poorly developed.

This will create vibrant understoreys to give rich woodland  habitats for birds, insects and small mammals as well as the opportunity to develop woodland walks.

While the trees are being felled please do not walk in the wood and if you have a dog please put it on-lead when you are near the wood.


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