Tree felling

Tree surgeons inspecting tree

Image by: Siobhan Fraser

During Wednesday 8th November and Thursday 9th November a small team from Ross-shire Tree Surgery started work on felling some of the trees. These trees had been identified as at risk of falling during the Tree Safety Survey carried out on the 22nd November 2022. The trees shown identified by blue markers on the Tree Safety Survey map were all felled and the woodland is now much safer for everyone.

Tree felling in progress

Image by: Siobhan Fraser

The dead wood

The Sitka Spruce that lost its top in a recent storm has been left as a Snag while the fallen top section has been cut into managable sections. This dead tree will remain standing for many more years and provide habitats for wildlife and play an important role in the woodland ecosystem.

The fallen oak branch has been left to die and decay naturally. This dead wood is a valuable resource and is extremely important to the health of the woodland. Apart from providing microhabitats for many woodland wildlife including fungi, lichens, invertebrates, mosses and birds. The fallen oak will also increase soil stability within the woodland.

Removal of logs

Stack of Pine logs

Image by: Siobhan Fraser

The cut trees have been stacked in various locations within the woodland and the Mens Shed are hoping to remove them soon.

Further reading

Anyone wishing to know more about the benefits of dead wood could read about dead wood and its benefits on the Trees for Life web page.

Anyone wishing to know what is being planned for the woodland in the future can visit our contact page