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Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:26
Lyndhurst Wood - update
The Woodland Trust have advised that work to the boundary fencing as discussed at the meeting held on the 14th April 2014 at the Sutton Park Pavilion will commence on either the 1st May or the Monday in the following week.

The Regeneration of Lyndhurst Wood - Discussed at the meeting held on Monday 14th April 2014.

Due to increasing public usage Lyndhurst Wood is suffering badly from trampling and erosion which is preventing the regeneration of trees, shrubs and ground flora.
The main issue and tackling the development of new paths throughout the wood and from the public footpath needs to be undertaken in a number of phases - Initially ensuring there is a secure boundary between the public footpath and the woodland, with access points at 3 or 4 locations - the eastern end close to the bridge, two in the centre area and then one at the far western point - these would initially start to direct access and prevent the development of new paths. The boundary fence would be post and wire, with squeeze point access to minimise the number of bikes etc getting into the wood (easily). Three rail wooden fencing will be used at the entrance of the wood to guide visitors. This will meet up with the boundary fencing on the public footpath.

The erection of fenced enclosures would be the best way forward to protect the existing ground flora and encourage the development of the regenerating tree species, to encourage as many as possible to grow and survive, as to ensure the future development of a woodland canopy. The existing mature trees are under a barrage of pests and disease, from Dutch elm which has all but wiped out elm from the wood - there are a few straggly specimens left hanging on, beech disease, horse chestnut bleeding canker, horse chestnut leaf miner all present and having an impact, with the potential for the bleeding cankers to affect the limes, alder as well as the chestnut - as can be seen at the moment with the weakened snapped trees on the ground following the storms. This could well in the coming years be added to with ash dieback, and the greatest need to have as much tree regeneration as possible in the wood. (The closest ash dieback, infection is at Ilkley and Leeds, on newly planted woodlands).

Having discussed the options on site, there is scope to erect at least one fenced enclosure at the western end of the woodland, where it has least visual impact, and can then over the coming months start to show the difference between protected and unprotected areas. If successful and agreeable, The Woodland Trust would then add further fenced areas, at the same time looking to possibly improve sections of footpath, which will also help to guide access and lessen the effects of trampling.

Resilient Woodlands - which is what we want Lyndhurst to be - Resilient.

The Woodland Trust
For more than 40 years the Woodland Trust has worked to protect the UK's woodland and wildlife. It does this through managing more than 1,000 woodland sites, supporting and advising their landowners to restore and create native woodland and tree cover on their land, and campaigning and lobbying for policy changes to favour the UK's native woods trees and wildlife.

While woods and trees are the central focus of the Trust's work, they do not exist in isolation, but are part of wider ecosystems that operate across a variety of habitats, and across whole landscapes. The Trust therefore believes that, to enable wildlife to cope with the many challenges and threats it currently faces, action for conservation is needed at a landscape scale.

We need to make our landscapes more resilient, so that natural ecosystems can continue to function effectively in the face of major threats such as climate change, pollution, and increasing numbers of pests and diseases. This will help wildlife to survive, but it will also help people. We depend on healthy ecosystems for essentials such as clean air and water, but attractive, wildlife-rich landscapes also improve our quality of life, and can underpin economic development too, making our communities more resilient to economically and socially.
Nikki Barrett
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:24
The clue is in the name...TRUST! This association knows what it is doing and we must leave it to the experts to do as they feel fit, it can only be of benefit for the wood and at the end of the day the woodland and its flora and hopefully wild fauna is the priority. Glad the issue has been resolved.

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