Woodland improvement set to start at plantation
WORK to fell and extract larch from Scadson Woods, Paignton, will start in the next few weeks as part of a woodland improvement project.
The larch plantation in Scadson Woods has reached the end of its life and as a result needs to be felled.
On top of that the trees have been identified as carriers of the virus which causes what is called sudden oak death.
This air-borne disease has been devastating large areas of forest across the UK including many in Devon.
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Although it is not yet been identified in Scadson Woods, the likelihood is it will in the near future.
The extraction work is being carried at the earliest opportunity to reduce the risk of further transmission to other species such as rhododendron.
The work is being carried out by environmental charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, funded by the Forestry Commission.
Trust countryside manager Chris Lingard said: "A re-planting programme of native trees including ash and oak will begin next winter, which in the long term will create a more diverse woodland that is better for our native wildlife and plants.
"Thinning, felling and coppicing will allow more sunlight in and help many species, including Speckled Wood and Brown Hairstreak butterflies.
"Access will be improved by resurfacing main footpaths, wider tracks, new glades and interpretation boards showing walking and cycling routes and with information on local history and wildlife."
The larch will be taken to Occombe Farm where it be chipped to supply local organisations with sustainable fuel for their woodchip boilers.
Members of the public are asked to observe any warning signs in place while the felling and extraction phase takes place.