Woodland Work on Bricket Wood Common: Update 12 January 2017

Post date: Jan 16, 2017 8:04:31 PM

Further work to the restoration and improvement of the woodland on Bricket Wood Common has commenced. The work is being carried out by contractors, Maydencroft, under the instruction of Munden Estate. They will begin in the section adjoining Little Munden Farm on the east of School Lane and will soon be working in the hornbeam areas on the west of School Lane close to the two most northerly parking bays.

We are carrying out both thinning work of existing trees and coppicing of hornbeam. The work is designed to allow more light to reach the woodland floor which should help develop the ground flora and improve the habitat for several species of invertebrates, moths, butterflies, birds and small mammals.

The individual areas we are working in are quite small and will be clearly marked. The cutting of the trees will take place in January and February, and will be completed before the bird nesting season. The work will be done by hand using chain saws - some vehicle access will be required but it is our intention to keep this to a minimum. The extraction of cut timber will be carried out when the weather improves and ground conditions allow minimising any damage to the ground.

This work is in accordance with the Bricket Wood common Management Plan and has the approval of the Forestry Authority and Natural England.

Henry Holland-Hibbert

Munden Estate Office

Tel: 01923 675658