Wolsingham Parish Council
Tree Management; Oct 2016
The consultation notes below have been available since the summer, and we have had little response. However the time is now right for this 'thinning' work to be completed and it has been carried out.
For Thornley Wood, we now have an agreement to have the pines cleared, as per advice, and we shall be able to sell the wood for pulping. WE also have an understanding with Durham Wildlife Trust to re-develop this site, keeping any existing broad-leafed trees and adding more, to create a recreational wildlife reserve and 'beauty spot'. All this at no cost to the council or to our constituents!
The For some years now, the management of tress on our properties has been only to trim awkward or damaged branches and to deal with any obvious hazards. Trees grow; they need management if they are to grow well and look good. Over the last few months we have had two consultations with Forestry Commission on the current development needs of our trees. The advice has been clear and consistent, but we are aware that such work can be seen as 'bad' if it is not understood. We invited any comments and suggestions on the advice we had, before that work was carried out. Further thinning and 'maintenance work' will be needed over the winter.
1/ Recreation Ground;
The trees here have grown well, but all the main stands of trees are now enmeshed and cannot develop properly. Some have become stunted and straggly because they are shaded out by larger trees. It would be best now to remove some trees, so that they can remain strong and grow fully. Existing damaged trees should be removed, and some of the larger trees also should be removed to make space for the others adjacent to them. We have marked with tape bands the trees which we are advised to remove. Whilst we are advised that one in three trees should be removed we have limited the present management to about one in six, to preserve the appearance of the groups. Please let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions about this.