The majority of sites in our portfolio contain trees or woodland areas of many different types. Whether they are very young, newly planted trees or well-established mature trees protected with tree preservation orders (TPOs), they are home to more wildlife than any other landscape and often support our rarest and most threatened species. Hedgerows, copses, woods and wood pasture all have a unique character, biodiversity and eco-system. Together they make up vital habitat links, connecting wildlife across the landscape and helping species to survive and thrive.
Our management plans and techniques are based on the type of trees, woodland and flora and fauna found on each site. Healthy woodlands have a diverse structure with a range of tree species of different ages, areas of scrub along with clearings and glades where grasses, flowers and invertebrates can thrive. Dead wood on the woodland floor is crucial for invertebrates. We aim to provide safe and convenient woodland areas for the enjoyment of all by investing in sound practices to sustain the ecological and amenity value of the area.
Specific tree works such as crown thinning, coppicing and the removal of dead wood are carried out by competent operatives employed by us in accordance with the British Standard 3998: 2010 Tree Work Recommendations. All trees on sites are visually inspected by our contractors and regional managers to ensure that any concerns relating to condition or safety are promptly reacted to and resolved. All tree works are undertaken outside of the nesting bird season and where this is not possible, a detailed inspection of the area is carried out no more than 24 hours prior to works.