Managing the woods

Beech woodland

Planted over 40 years ago as a crop to feed the timber industry, the non-native western red cedar trees at Woodchester Park are reaching maturity and are ready to be harvested.

Specialist contractors will be felling a section of the cedar trees this autumn. These works are all part of the management of the woods and will complete the cycle of why they were originally planted.

Tree felling is essential to keep the woods healthy
Tree felling is essential to keep the woods healthy
Tree felling is essential to keep the woods healthy

The harvested cedar will be put to good use. Some will be used as material in the building industry while others will provide bio-fuel for renewable energy projects. 

Woodland management plan

Back in 2018 we wrote a ten year Woodland Management Plan, which was approved by the Forestry Commission. Included in the plan was the work that's needed to return the park back to its original character.

Restoring the park

The removal of the cedar will help us to restore the original character of the park. We'll be planting thousands of native broadleaf trees like beech, oak, hazel and cherry over the coming year.

A young tree
A young tree
A young tree

Historic views will be re-opened and limestone grasslands that were lost when the cedar were planted will be returned. The grassland restoration work will enhance the feeding grounds for the greater horseshoe bats that have made Woodchester their home.

" The native broadleaf trees that we'll be planting will provide a much better habitat for wildlife and in years to come will also add to the amazing autumn colour in the park."
- Max Dancer, Area Ranger

Follow the purple arrows

The woodland works mean that there'll be a slight diversion to the published pink and purple walking routes. If you're visiting, please take the diverted route, following the new purple arrows.

Woodchester temporary path closures (PDF / 0.111328125MB) download