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Harvesting Staunton & Highmeadow

Please be aware if riding in these areas . Information from Forestry England .


I am writing to you to ensure that you are aware of the forest operations that are now live near to your property. In line with our West District forest plans, contractors working for Forestry England, will be thinning both conifer and broadleaved stands to favour native broadleaved species of tree in line with the PAWS (Planted Ancient Woodland Site) restoration planned for this area of woodland. The remaining trees will alsohave space to grow, and the increased light will enhance the ground flora. Please see the map enclosed, highlighting the areas that will be thinned in green.Restocking will be through the method of natural regeneration of the trees already here.

You will notice a significant operational presence in the woodland; with banks persons, harvesting machinery, signage and timber stacks. The works will have some visual impact on the woodland, those walking, cycling will notice rutting of the forest track. We will do our best to use existing extraction routes to minimise the damage to the forest floor, which is inevitable with the scale of machinery that must be used. This will be reinstated where necessary on completion of the work.

Forestry operations are inherently dangerous, so whilst out and about during this time please adhere to the safety warning signage for your own safety and the safety of those working the in the forest. Banks personsmay be present in some locations, and we would politely request that members of the public take heed of any instructions given for the safety of all concerned. Some tracks may be closed off during weekdays whilst operations are underway, but alternative routes will be available.


Harvesting contracts can sometimes be quite drawn out due to the many constraints that we have to work around, so please bear with us as we carry out this important work with the aim of minimising inconvenience to all site users.Thank you for your co-operation.


Kind regards


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