The small area of existing plantation woodland was originally planted densely by the military, and the trees fought for light and resources. Due to the extreme weather conditions last summer, some of the trees have been found to be failing, and the sycamores are infected with Sooty Bark disease, which was triggered by the hot weather. The diseased trees, along with the risk of unhealthy trees falling means that they will have to be removed. We have sought advice from experts as part of this maintenance, and have worked closely with the Forestry Commission to ensure the work is being completed in the best way.
The new trees that will be planted will take the shape of a more natural and diverse woodland with a canopy of varying height and a richer habitat for nature. Work will begin to remove the trees next week, followed immediately by work to prepare the land for new trees to be planted. Large, mature trees (40 years old) will be planted in the autumn, along with whips and shrubbery to produce a more varied habitat for nature. While these works are carried out safety fencing will remain outside the Wild Woods Play Area to allow the trees to settle into their new habitat and to give them the opportunity to flourish.
We aim to have the play area open in Spring 2024, and will review the site regularly to ensure that no area remains closed for longer than is absolutely necessary. We look forward to opening this revamped and thriving space for nature and play as soon as possible.
We are planting new trees for a more natural and diverse woodland with a canopy of varying height and a richer habitat for nature.