Seasonal work at Greno Woods

Monday 14th September 2015

As part of our ongoing sustainable management and conservation of Greno Woods, there will be further felling and thinning works this autumn.

The plan is to harvest a sustainable source of wood fuel from the conifers, which will be used locally - whilst actively working to increase value of the woodlands to wildlife by reverting some of the conifer plantation to native oak woodland. The areas which will remain coniferous attract a wide range of native birds, including: siskins, crossbills, goldcrests and coal tits, and these in turn provide food for sparrowhawks, which prefer to nest in conifers.

The works are planned for September to avoid bird nesting season, and to minimise ground damage. Any disruption will be kept to a minimum, and will be around Sandy Lane and surrounding areas. No footpaths or bridleways will be closed, and although some bike trails may be temporarily closed when there are machines on site, updates can be checked on the Trust's website.

“Obviously, one of our priorities is the wildlife on site,” said Greno Woods Project Manager, Chris Doar. “We will be vigilant in our care to avoid damage to badger setts, water courses, sites of ancient monuments and any trees favoured by nesting birds of prey”.

“We realise some public enjoyment of the site will be affected by the felling works, but it is necessary to prevent vulnerable trees being blown down by the wind” said Chris. “We also want to create a boundary of broadleaf species around the conifers to protect them in the future”

Felling and thinning operations are only carried out every alternate year so minimise disruption on site.

All Wildlife Trust works will be done with respect not only for the wildlife but for the many people who enjoy this beautiful corner of north Sheffield.

The management of Greno Woods has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Viridor Credits Environmental Company through the Greno Woods project: a programme of woodland restoration, education and interpretation made possible by an award of £277,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.