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Trees to be felled at Beacon Fell natural park

Posted on - 21st October, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Wildlife and Conservation
A swathe of trees are to be felled to allow younger trees to grow on the Fell

A swathe of trees are to be felled to allow younger trees to grow on the Fell

An area of outstanding natural beauty near Preston is due to have environmental work carried out upon it.

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Beacon Fell, whose moody sides you can see from the city, needs trees thinned to improve the quality and diversity of its habitat – according to Lancashire County Council.

The Forestry Commission have given the go-ahead to the felling of the trees, as approximately one in five of the trees on the Fell will come down.

The country park will remain open during the felling, which is due to start at the end of October.

Marcus Johnstone, the county council’s cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “While visitors may be concerned about the initial impact and the disruption, the long-term benefits will be a woodland that is better for wildlife and visitors. The work will be carried out by contractors in accordance with instructions from the county council’s forestry experts.

“There will be large machinery operating on site. The harvester will fell the trees, remove the branches and cut the trunks into sections. The cut timber will then be transported to the roadside where it will be stacked to await collection.

“Wood is a valuable and sustainable resource and the logs produced will be used for construction-grade timber, fencing materials, board products and wood fuel.”

Anyone with queries can contact the Ranger Service on 01995 61693.

Beacon Fell has been open as a country park since 1969.

Image credit to Daniel Talbot

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