Ash dieback

Work has recently been carried out to remove potentially dangerous ash trees from the Forest Way and Cuckoo Trail. They are infected with a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, known as Ash dieback. This weakens them and means they are more susceptible to dropping limbs or rotting at the base.

Some trees have been reduced to provide dead wood, a fantastic habitat for invertebrates. This will in turn provide food for birds and mammals. The log piles created will also provide great habitats for wildlife. We ask that these are left in situ.

Where it is safe to do so, diseased trees have been left and are being monitored. We hope that they have some resistance and can provide the next generation of ash trees.

The open rides created by clearing trees will in due course recover. More light loving species will fill the gaps, and ultimately the next generation of trees. Lighter, open areas have larger invertebrate populations. This will help to increase the overall biodiversity.

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