Harvesting the larch

Tree felling - vital but necessary work

Planted by the Trust over 50 years ago as a crop to feed the timber industry, the European larch trees in Lynches Wood are reaching maturity and ready to be harvested.

Specialist contractors will be felling many of the larch trees this summer. The works are all part of the management of the woods and completes the cycle of why of why the larch were originally planted.

Disease prevention

The larch harvest will also be helping us to manage the spread of the deadly fungal-disease, Phytophthora ramorum. Large swathes of larch have been infected by the disease in the west of England. Larch trees are particularly susceptible but the disease can also be deadly to oak, sweet chestnut and beech. The removal of the larch will help to stop the disease spreading.

" The greater the diversity of trees in Lynches Wood the less prone it'll be to some of the nasty tree diseases that are affecting many woodlands in the UK."
- Martin Jones, Area Ranger

Tree thinning

The trees in Lynches Wood are growing too closely together. This isn't good for their development.

Over the next few months we'll be cutting some down leaving the ones that remain to mature properly.

Where the trees are too dense, little light reaches the ground leaving the wood dark and uninviting. Competition for light and resources makes the trees tall and spindly. By removing some of the weaker, less healthy trees it gives those those left the space to grow, It allows light back into the wood, creating opportunities for plants like bluebells to grow.

Bluebells are a magnificent sight
Bluebells are a magnificent sight
Bluebells are a magnificent sight

Replanting

The removal of the mature larch will provide us with an opportunity to replant the wood with native broadleaved trees like oak and sweet chestnut. The young trees will restore the character of Lynches Wood and create a more natural age structure.

Restricted access

The permissive circular path through Lynches Wood will be closed while we carry out these works. However, the public right of way to Weston Sub Edge will remain open.