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Forestry operations at Trinity Hill

Updated 10th September 2020

Trinity Hill is a working woodland producing sustainable timber. We will be working here from August until late October 2020. This page provides more information about the work we're doing.

What is happening?

Some of the woodland at Trinity Hill has reached maturity and the trees are ready to be cut down for timber. These areas will be clear felled to remove all the trees at once. A small number of dead trees will be left standing to provide habitat for invertebrates and bats, and perches for birds of prey. When the ground has rested for a year or two, we will replant these areas with new conifers that will provide timber for the future. We will also manage the site to let some native broadleaf trees, such as beech and birch, regenerate naturally.

Other areas of the wood will be thinned. This means removing selected trees to allow the remaining ones to grow to their full potential. Thinning also allows more light to reach the forest floor, which improves the habitat for ground flora and the other wildlife it supports.

Can I still visit Trinity Hill?

The most important thing for Forestry England is to keep the public, our staff, and contractors safe. To help us complete this work, we have temporarily closed the car park at Trinity Hill. Please follow all signs, diversions and closures at all times. These are for your safety, whether or not you can see or hear us working. This will help us to finish working 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.

What about the wildlife?

Well managed forests are able to support more wildlife, and harvesting trees is an important part of a sustainable forest lifecycle. Before we start any forestry work, we carry out thorough ecological surveys to check for species such as birds, mammals, rodents, invertebrates, flora, and fungi. We also consider these against complex factors including tree health, how the ground slopes, soil condition, and likely rainfall when planning work that will support our long-term management plan. While working, we continue to check for wildlife and will adapt, pause or suspend work if we find any animal that must be protected.

Where can I find out more?

You can read our full management plan for Trinity Hill in the East Devon Forest Plan.