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Forest of Bowland tree felling to begin this month
3:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
FELLING trees in Beacon Fell Country Park in the Forest of Bowland will start at the end of the month.
The move is to thin sections of woodland in order to improve the quality and diversity of the habitat.
The work will be carried out under a licence from the Forestry Commission.
It will be the first of several operations set out in a new management plan, where thinning will be carried out approximately every five years.
Thinning involves the removal of approximately 20 per cent of the woodland canopy to allow the healthy development of the remaining trees.
This allows more light onto the forest floor, encouraging the natural regeneration of young trees and undergrowth and creating natural-looking woodland.
Lancashire county council environment boss and Padiham and Burnley West councillor Marcus Johnstone 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."
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