Wonersh Common woodland revival
Waverley Borough Council is working with Surrey Hills Enterprises, Guildford Borough Council and the Forestry Commission as part of the West Surrey Woodlands initiative, to bring more woodland sites back into active management for the benefit of wildlife and the community. The initiative will also help to provide a strategic plan for the rest of Waverley’s woodland sites.
Management is vital for woodland biodiversity, with ground clearance and tree removal important to allow light to penetrate the woodland floor enabling natural regeneration, species and age diversity and space for a variety of ground cover species including bluebells. It will also reduce the increased incidence of trees collapsing due to weak root systems as a result of overcrowding.
Wonersh Common is in need of management as overcrowding of trees and uncontrolled growth of holly has made the woodland very dark and limits its potential to support biodiversity. The proposed work forms part of the woodland management plan for this site, developed in line with the UK Forestry Standard and which has been reviewed and approved by the Forestry Commission.
Planned activities at Wonersh Common
Activites took place in late 2017, to minimize the disturbance to ground flora and fauna and nesting birds.
In addition, Ash Dieback infected many trees at Wonersh Common over the last couple of years, especially along the Chinthurst Hill side of the B2128, with the impact becoming increasingly visible. As a result some of the affected trees were removed.
Felling has now finished and the mulching and reinstatement of ditches will take place over the next few weeks.
Initially the site may look messy but this will soon be covered as new growth takes hold next spring. We hope to see an increased species diversity and over time, as well as greater age diversity and increasde resilience against pests and diseases.
Some areas of the woodland may be managed by restricting unlimited access for a time to allow the ground to recover and for young shoots to begin to emerge and give them a chance to grow without being trodden on.
Page owner: Harri Robinson. Last updated: 08/01/2018 10:07