In autumn 2020 we put up warning signs about how Ash dieback disease is affecting trees in these woodlands. The majority of these Ash trees have now been removed, with the rest to be felled in 2022.
This essential work will also allow other significant trees alongside to flourish and prosper in the greater space available.
Nonetheless, this disease has weakened the remaining Ash trees, so please take care in these woodlands during storms or high winds, as branches may break off unexpectedly.
We plan to plant nearly 100 new trees in spring 2022, close to where trees have been removed. The Forestry Commission has identified that we must re-plant with mixtures of Hornbeam, Rowan, Lime (small leafed), Wild Cherry, Field Maple, Norway Maple and Yew; all species that thrive in the Chilterns.
We plan to plant young trees of about 1.5m in height to provide an immediate visual impact. We will need to protect the young trees from deer with netting guards supported by stakes, and will be using wood chip as mulch around the base to control grasses and so that mowers do not need to get close.
Crematoria Services Manager