An aerial view of the clear fell area within Silk Wood

Positive planning

Despite the dramatic looking change, the approach to clear fell large areas of infected ash trees is a positive step for the woodland.

Despite only being 6% of our woodland area, in woodland terms, the removal of ash trees on this scale is quite a shock to the ecosystem. But doing this now gives us the best possible chance of creating a resilient woodland in future through a considered replanting programme.

Be part of our future

We have big plans for this area; big plans that involve you! Certain areas of Silk Wood are being considered for a community planting programme. Over the next few years, we will be creating a programme that allows people to get involved in caring for the area, alongside our tree experts.

The current proposed area for community planting is in front of you now.