Frosty leaves, misty mornings and dangerous trees...

6th December 2019

With autumn well and truly here and winter just around the corner, the changes in the vegetation at Stackmoor are interesting to see. The thinning undergrowth has revealed a few baby oak trees we didn’t know existed (exciting!), many of the fungi are dying back and the yellowing leaves on the silver birch saplings look like they are suspended in thin air against the damp reedy dark trunks of the young trees… beautiful!

We have so many plans, ideas and things that need doing at Stackmoor over the coming months and years that it makes for quite a dauntingly long list. Near the top of that list is to start to manage and improve the woodland area which is covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

Basically, a TPO means that the trees are protected and in order to do any conservation work on them, we will need to contact the Local Planning Authority (LPA) to obtain permission… even if we only need to prune or lop branches that overhang into neighbouring properties.

Now that many of the leaves have fallen, we are getting a much clearer view of what work needs to be done to preserve what we have.

As the pictures in this blog post show, many of our trees are broken, split and dangerous to walk under (there’s no hard hat on the market that will save you if one of these branches falls on your head!). So, we are starting to photograph, mark and monitor some of the more dangerous limbs that need lopping and will submit an application to the LPA so that we can start the long and delicate task of conserving and improving the woodland.

Some trees are wind damaged, some rotten, some twisted and others have been damaged by neighbouring trees falling on or against them. Whatever the reason, it will be a long and slow process but one which will (hopefully) make for a much better wildlife habitat in the long run.