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Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Cutting part of a controlled programme


Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Work is being carried out by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) to clear areas of sycamore and ash in four areas of the Gobions Wood nature reserve.

HMWT says felling the trees will bring more light into the woods and encourage the growth of native plants.

Temporary restrictions for walkers


The first phase, at the western end of the woods, is already well underway. The plan is to remove mainly sycamore trees, which HMWT says have proliferated to the detriment of other species.

While the work is carried out walkers are likely to find restrictions and some paths closed. Below are some pictures of the results of the felling. A map showing the other areas below the images.

Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Tree felling underway in Gobions Wood

Removing sycamore and ash


HMWT map showing the four areas where the work is being carried out
HMWT map showing the four areas where the work is being carried out

There are also plans to cut down ash trees in other parts of the wood where HMWT says the woodland has become overcrowded.

The trust says that previous felling has worked well to regenerate the woodland floor beneath the trees.

HMWT describes the programme as “tough love” and say the work is “crucial to maintaining the delicate balance of our ecosystems”.

The trust says it will be felling some trees and ringbarking others.

Ringbarking kills a tree without having to fell it. The dead trees then provide habitats for a variety of wildlife.

The trust says it’s also using the technique to make small openings in the woodland in order to encourage new saplings to grow to create a mixed-age woodland.






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