A group who help manage popular woodland in Gedling have explained why a large number of trees were felled earlier this week, which people believe is linked to the construction of the Gedling Access Road (GAR).
The Friends of Gedling House Woods have issued an explanation after people voiced their concerns and anger after discovering a large number of trees had been cut down in the woodland between Burton Road and Wood Lane.
Andy Newton is a committee member of The Friends of Gedling Woods and issued the explaination.
He said: “During the planning of the Gedling Access Road it was discovered that the fence that marks the edge of the woods is not in the right place.
“For about about 100m the fence follows a straight line when it should move about one metre into the woodland, creating a very slight deviation. This has been checked on Land Registry maps.
“The impact of this is that some mature sycamore trees are precisely on the boundary and lie the new fence to the GAR will be situated. They need removing.
“The GAR at the boundary point is in a cutting approximately 3-4m deep. Land constraints mean that the embankment is very steep at this point.
“A specialist arborist has advised that the spread of many of the boundary trees means that excavating the embankment will cut the main anchor roots of these trees and destabilise them.
“Overhanging branches would in any case need to be removed. Not felling them would leave Gedling House Woods with a high risk that the trees would blow over in the wind in due course. Given that most lean away from the woods, they would fall into the GAR, damaging the new fence. After handover, the new fence –and, of course, the trees– would be the responsibility of Friends of Gedling House Woods.”
Andy went on to explain that managing fallen trees be costly to the Friends group.
He said: “To deal with fallen trees in that situation would mean some considerable cost to FGHW, given the access issues from the GAR.
“Additionally, some of the trees close to the boundary are not in a good state. With two exceptions (one ash and one wild cherry) the trees are all self-seeded sycamore. These are not native species and were not originally part of the woodland.”
The group now plan to work with VIA East Midlands to replace the trees in the near future.
“We have assurances from VIA East Midlands that replanting will be more extensive than we first though, said Andy.
“Marginal hawthorn, rowan and hazel will form a low-level hedge-style boundary with the GAR just this side of the new fence. Additionally, we expect to plant a number of beech and oak trees in gaps caused by the felling, and to replace the wild cherry.
“At the moment, we are not in a position to determine how many trees and where they will be sited.
He added: “While felling trees is never welcome, the risks associated with leaving them and the offer of replanting with more appropriate species mean that removal of trees along the boundary line is the most acceptable solution.
“This has been agreed with Gedling Borough Council.”
You can read more about the work of Friends of Gedling House Woods by joining their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1496049900625924