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As part of our proactive woodland management, we have obtained a felling licence from the Forestry Commission to remove some Oak and Ash trees in Bluebell Wood this winter.

Contractors will be on site from Tuesday 3rd December to Thursday 5th December.  Although there are no plans to close any footpaths, there may be points during the three days that staff will temporarily stop people walking along the path, situated to the East of the Travelex building, for safety reasons.

The ‘thinning’ of these trees will allow more light to penetrate the canopy and reach the woodland floor, which in turn will encourage the natural regeneration of young trees and allow ground flora to grow, creating a healthier and more structurally diverse woodland.

This along with the supplementary planting of more tree species will increase the biodiversity of the woodland and make it more resilient to threats such as Ash Dieback and Acute Oak Decline.

Although these trees were originally planted as a timber crop, the primary purpose of these works is to benefit the woodland and its wildlife. Some of the material produced from the thinning will be used in various projects throughout the park.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions please contact the team on 01733 234193.

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