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Forest operations at Haughmond Hill

Updated 19th January 2021

Haughmond Hill is a working woodland producing sustainable timber. We are working here from mid-January 2021 for approximately one month. This page provides more information about the work we're doing.

What is happening?

In the area around the car park, we are removing a number of ash trees which are infected with chalara (ash dieback). We are also removing some Corsican pine from around the yellow Corbett easy access trail, infected with dothistroma (needle blight). These diseases have affected the general health of the woodland and, if left, these trees will continue to die and could become hazardous.

By removing these trees, we will be making space for younger trees to expand and for seedlings to establish, allowing the natural regeneration of the woodland.

The aim is to promote a more diverse, varied mixture of tree species than before and we may look to planting to assist with this.

We will also be working around the back of the hill in the Wilfred’s Walk area, where we will be thinning the woodland as part of our sustainable forest management plan. This will involve removing selected trees to give the remaining trees more space to grow to their potential and let more light onto the forest floor.

Can I still visit Haughmond Hill?

The most important thing for Forestry England is to keep the public, our staff, and contractors safe.

The car park at Haughmond Hill will be closed on 18 - 19 and 25 - 26 January whilst we work in this area. Once this is complete, the car park will reopen and Haughmond Hill will be open for you to visit (in line with government guidelines on travel and outdoor recreation).

We will need to close and divert trails at certain times to allow us to work nearby. Please follow all signs, diversions and closures at all times. These are for your safety and it is vital you follow the instructions, even if you cannot see or hear us working. This will help us to finish our work as quickly as possible.

Forestry work is very hazardous. A falling tree can weigh several tonnes and hit the ground at nearly 60mph. If a harvesting machine chainsaw snaps, it can fly through the forest like a bullet.

Where can I find out more?

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If you have any questions, please get in touch with our local office - marchesforests@forestryengland.uk