We are only short term custodians of the Woodland at Glenny Wood. Therefore we need to ensure the area is as safe as we can and has a sustainable future.
Our approach therefore to managing the woodland is on a risk assessment basis. Our method of managing the risk is below, with both professional support and the trained teams regular inspections.
In looking to the future of Glenny Wood in 2007 and 2019 we have planted 100 reasonably mature trees around 5 feet high or more. Also during this time we have planeted around 4000 tree saplings and these are our hedge rows.
As we are in a preservation area, each tree has a Tree Preservation Order on them (TPO). Therefore we are not allowed to cut trees down without planning permission. This we manage with North Somerset Council. When permission is granted a similar number of trees has to be replanted.
Our approach -
1 - Professional tree Inspection is undertaken by O Frost Arboriculture specialist in tree and forestry consultancy throughout the South West on an Annual basis
2 - Recommendations from inspection to be reviewed and action commenced within a reasonable time following receipt. If works needed, permission, planning and felling licences obtained prior to works commencing. Replacement trees planted as per planning requirements.
3 - Local passive site reviews of the trees in the main using area to be carried out on a regulary basis, monthl where possible, by trained Glenny Wood volunteers. Inspections are recorded and any actions identified, progressed.
4 - Local site visual reviews will be undertaken from the tracks, of the trees in the rest of the woodland area, zone 2, which will be carried out every 3 months
5 - Trees planted in 2007 & 2019 to be checked every 6 months to ensure they are healthy. Remedial action to be taken as necessary. Further major tree planting exercise to be considered in the mid 20’s decade.
6 - It is recognised that Glenny Wood does suffer from Ash Dieback, in its early stages. Work suggested, during inspections, to control this and to ensure the safety of the site, site users and contractors is welcome and supported.
7 - Oli Frost - our professional adviser O Frost Forestry & Arboriculture Ltd. http://www.ofrostarbor.co.uk on the 4th March 2020 trained the Glenny Wood volunteer team to increase skill levels on what to look for when undertaking local passive site tree inspections.
8 - Windy weather statement with site closure consideration once speeds are forecasted at 32mph is in place.
9 - To manage the site we have split it in two main areas, zones 1 & 2. Focus is on zone 1, the main using area, our greatest risk area.