UK: Twenty Acre Wood logging without telling those who use the area most

A lack of transparency in the determination of which trees get cut
is a big problem when it comes to regrowing a healthy forest.
Transparency is essential because those who think they know how to
care for a forest too often haven’t a clue that deadwood, disease and
rot is essential to soil cycling, food chain stabilization, and
overall fecundity of healthy, diverse forest ecosystems. –Deane

Work to fell trees which have been deemed by the city council as
diseased or in danger of falling down in Twenty Acre Wood, near
Earlham Green Lane, started on Monday. But people living in the area
claim they have not been consulted on the plans and are worried more
trees are being felled by the city council than need be.

People are so
concerned about the work that they have contacted local councillor
Rupert Read about the situation. Andy Panes, 64, lives on Earlham
Green Lane and said he knew nothing about the plans until he saw
workmen starting to chop down the trees. He said: “The council have
put numbers on the trees, but they have been there a while so I did
not think they would be cutting them down. I have certainly not had a
letter about this. A lot of residents use that wood and would have
liked to be consulted on what was happening.” Mr Read, a Green
councillor who represents the Wensum ward on the city council, said he
believed residents in Enfield Road had been told some trees would be
felled because they were damaged. He said: “Some of the trees they are
taking down do not need to be chopped down to the stump they could be
pruned or have the tops cut off, they are not in danger of falling
onto the road or homes. “The council should be consulting all
residents and looking at how they can attract wildlife to the area and
keep it a green space, not taking trees down.” A spokeswoman for
Norwich City Council said that work taking place in the area was
“essential” to remove dead, dying, diseased or dangerous trees that
would cause damage if they fell. She said: “We are only removing
dangerous trees that are adjacent to roads or major footpaths – one of
which has already collapsed. “We are only removing 10 dangerous mature
trees and some smaller dead elms that would also be liable to cause
damage. “It may look like more are being removed as there are numbers
sprayed on healthy trees to distinguish them from the ones to be
removed. “The coverage in the Evening News of a large chestnut tree
that fell in to the Newmarket Road in December, shows how important it
is for us to carry out works like these, to avoid endangering people
or property. “Our expert arboriculturalofficers understand the
importance of having a mixture of living and dead wood in the eco
system, and so leave dead wood in areas that will not be a danger to
anyone, to encourage different kinds of wildlife.”

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Comments (1)

arthurJanuary 31st, 2010 at 9:21 am

It is not good that people who do not know any thing about property and trees are cutting trees. This thing should be more regulated by property laws. I know that in golders green peopertise they cut a lot of woods.

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