CURRENT OPERATIONS

Burrator Internal Track Improvement

We are currently undertaking some necessary work within the forest to improve the internal track systems. This will allow woodland management operations to be undertaken safely. Improving track systems has further benefits, one of these is that it increases the light levels reaching the track sides benefitting both ground flora and some invertebrates. Warning signs have been erected where the operations are taking place and we urge you, for your own safety, and that of our contractors to adhere to these at all times. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Wadeford Farm Woods

Wadeford Farm Woods consists of six blocks of woodland which are scattered across the estate and these have a total area of 7.43ha (18.35 acres).

A Long Term Woodland Plan was produced in early 2020 and this plan was agreed by the Forestry Commission on 6th May 2020. In conjunction with the plan a Felling Licence was approved and this has a reference number of 018/1010/2020. Due to the fact that the Felling Licence includes some clear felling the application would have been on the Public Register for the required 28 days.

We are now about to start these clear felling operations in three blocks of conifers which consist of Western Red Cedar, Larch, Douglas fir and Scots Pine, which were planted during the 1970’s and 80’s. Could we please ask that you read and take note of the warning signs that are in place as this is for your own safety and that of the harvesting contractors. We have delayed the felling operation until now as we could not do it through the bird nesting season. Following the felling the areas will be replanted with native broadleaves, including 40% English Oak. We would like to thank you for your co-operation during these felling operations.

Pea Cross Wood, Yarcombe.

The Larch within this woodland are subject to a Statutory Plant Heath Notice (SPHN) issued by the Forestry Commission due to the presence of Phytophthora ramorum. This notice requires that the Larch within this wood need to be felled to try and limit the spread of this highly destructive algae like organism. Please follow the instructions given on the information signs and do not enter the work zone for your own safety and the safety of the workforce. If you have any further questions then please get in touch via the details on the contact us page.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Hamsworthy Wood (Near Holsworthy, Devon)

This woodland was purchased by our client in 2018.We understand that prior to this purchase, some trees on the western boundary hedge line were felled resulting in progressive wind damage to the crop of Sitka spruce, which were originally planted in 1987.

After three separate lots of significant storm damage over the last 3 years, it was decided to fell the crop and replant it with predominately Sitka spruce with a mixture of broadleaves. The broadleaves will be planted around the boundaries of the woodland. The aim is for the broadleaves to give the conifer crop protection from the wind.

These proposals have been agreed and approved by the Forestry Commission. Drainage work will be carried out following the felling operation in an attempt to lower the water table.

The replanting will take place during the winter of 2021/22

Roadford Forest (Near Broadwoodwidger)

South West Lakes Trust, Forest and Land Management and Lynher Training are currently working together at Roadford Forest to carry out a first thinning of the standing crop of Sitka Spruce.

Lynher Training are using the woodland with permission from South West Lakes Trust, to facilitate their training and refresher courses. This is done whilst carrying out a first thinning of the wood. Thinning is a forest operation that is required to maintain a healthy crop of standing trees, it entails the felling of up to 30% of the crop, targeting small, supressed or dead trees in order to allow the rest of the crop space to grow.

The training courses are currently active in the northern section of the forest, we would ask that whilst walking in the forest, that you read and adhere to any information signage within the wood. We would like to thank you for your cooperation in this matter.