Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Felling in the forest

More intrepid visitors to the forest may have noticed that we have been felling up on Croydon Hill recently. This has unfortunately been necessary due to the stand of Corsican Pine falling victim to red band needle blight (, which basically stunted the trees' growth, and could have spread to other stands. One interesting feature of this is that it has opened up some amazing views of Conygar tower and the coast- that won't have been seen for 40+ years. This area will be restocked with conifers that are more resistant to the ever increasing sweet of tree diseases that we need to manage around nowadays. The views, however, will remain for a good few years yet, so do make your way up the hill to enjoy them, and the nightjars that may well inhabit this area now it has been cleared. Andy Player

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