Tree fellers are planning a hatchet job on one of Lancashire’s most picturesque country parks.
Workmen are to thin out sections of woodland at Beacon Fell, in the Forest of Bowland, to breathe new life into the beauty spot. The work, which starts at the end of October, is being carried out under a Forestry Commission felling licence to improve the quality and diversity of the habitat.
It will be the first of several operations set out in a new woodland management plan, where thinning will be carried out approximately every five years.
Thinning is a standard forestry management technique involving the removal of around 20 per cent of the woodland canopy to allow the healthy development of the remaining trees.
This allows more light onto the forest floor, which encourages the natural regeneration of young trees and undergrowth and creates a healthier and more natural looking woodland.
Coun Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “While visitors may be concerned about the initial impact and the disruption, the long-term benefits will be a woodland that is better for wildlife and visitors.
“There will be large machinery operating on site.
“The country park, including the cafe, will remain open during the work. We aim to minimise the disturbance, but visitors are reminded to respect signs, barriers and any advice given by rangers or foresters on site.”