Following on from the successful work carried out in parts of Blackgreen Wood to open it up and make the woodland more accessible to the public, the Parish Council will be carrying out further works this year in line with the ten year Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.
Many local residents came to the Open Day held in September when they were able to see the benefits of the work that has been done so far. With the removal of the holly that was choking the undergrowth and the thinning of trees that were growing too densely the areas worked on so far are now showing great improvement. They are now far more accessible to all and the extra light that has been allowed in has resulted in regeneration of the woodland undergrowth which is a haven for wildlife.
This year further holly removal and thinning of the trees will take place – but this will not be until the autumn to ensure that there is no disturbance to the wildlife, particularly nesting birds. In addition, attention will be given to neglected coppiced trees to ensure that the trees that have been coppiced for many years, but have received little attention in recent times, can be brought back to their traditional form. In the meantime, volunteers will be continuing with small projects in the wood to improve access.
As work progresses residents will be kept informed through newsletters and bulletins on the Parish Council website.