Thwaite Brow

Thwaite Brow Woods
Management Plan 2017-2027

 

The Thwaite Brow woods Conservation group are volunteers in Bolton-le-Sands who meet once a month to look after community woodland. Come and join us!

Thwaite Brow Woods

Thwaite Brow Woods

Bolton le Sands Parish Council has agreed a 10 year Management Plan for the wood with the Forestry Commission and Natural England.

Thwaite Brow Woods

Thwaite Brow Woods

Plan Summary

 

Maintenance of access ride and footpaths and litter picking.
Thinning of dense areas of trees to allow more light for new growth.
Recognising a number of veteran/notable trees and giving them more space.
Maintaining and enhancing clear spaces at viewpoints.
Removal of non-native and invasive vegetation.
Coppicing a few small areas to rejuvenate and stimulate dormant plant life.
Planting of new trees/shrubs in open areas.
Installing and maintaining 25 new wildlife boxes.
Monitoring of wildlife in the wood.
Some of this work will produce timber for a number of useful purposes.

Some work has started on removal of some Snowberry from the side of the lane towards the top of the wood and the installation of some new bird boxes.

Discussions are currently taking place with Canal & River Trust about the implications of their ownership of a strip of the woodland alongside the canal on the implementation of the plan.

A contractor will be used to carry out some of the work and other work will be carried out by volunteers.

Some interesting information about cutting trees for conservation can be found at www.conservationhandbooks.com/coppicing-cut-trees-conservation.

 

Update February 2020

 

Bolton le Sands Parish Council has agreed a 10 year Management Plan for the wood with the Forestry Commission and Natural England. The Plan is being managed by the Thwaite Brow Woods Conservation Project.  Basically it is:-
Maintenance of access ride and footpaths and litter picking.
Thinning of dense areas of trees to allow more light for new growth.
Recognising a number of veteran/notable trees and giving them more space.
Maintaining and enhancing clear spaces at viewpoints.
Removal of non-native and invasive vegetation.
Coppicing a few small areas to rejuvenate and stimulate dormant plant life.
Planting of new trees/shrubs in open areas.
Installing and maintaining 26 new wildlife boxes.
Monitoring of wildlife in the wood.
Some of this work will produce timber for a number of useful purposes.

Last winter’s work resulted in clearance of the snowberry from the side of the lane, installation of 20 new birdboxes, felling of some trees along the lower section of the wood as part of the 20% thinning to promote understory development and younger trees and coppicing of a small area towards the top of the wood with fencing to prevent deer browsing of the new growth. Some of the brash was retrieved by the volunteers for firewood and some other was converted to barbecue charcoal and biochar.

This winter has seen the coppicing of 2 small areas of the steep bank alongside the canal by a contractor. Some more tidying and fencing by the volunteers is still to be done. 6 new wildlife boxes are also to be installed as well as the usual footpath maintenance, litter picking and existing birdbox care.

 

Associated Documents

 

Download the documents  below for full details of the plan.

Thwaite Brow Management Plan

Operations Map

Plan Information

Woodland Improvement Prescriptions

Work Programme

 

Tide Times

map

27 October 2020

Time Type Height
03:10 Low 2.3m
08:48 High 7.8m
15:32 Low 2.5m
20:56 High 8.3m

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