Kinneil Woodlands Work
Woodland management works to bring the forest areas of Kinneil Estate in to a safe, healthy condition will start on the 1st December. The 26 hectare woodland area, which has slowly declined due to its age and areas being blown down in high winds will be restructured with felling, thinning and clearance of trees which have blown down followed by replacement planting of 25,000 new trees.
A Long Term Forest Plan (LTFP) has been prepared for the site by the Central Scotland Green Network and funding for the first phase of the works has been provided by the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust. The project also involves the management of areas of broadleaf trees and the installation of deer fencing which will protect the young trees until they become established. It will mark phase one in a long term forest plan for the area to conserve and enhance the landscape for generations to come. The work has been timed to cause the least disturbance to the local badger population in the short term whilst the long term aim is to improve the quality of their habitat.
In the short term members of the public may be inconvenienced by the noise of operations, lack of access to the woodland sections of the sites and a slight increase in vehicular movement in the wider road area. The usual woodland car parks will also be closed with alternative parking provided at the entrance to the site on the grassy field. In the long term everyone will benefit from the woodland being brought back into management and there are several things which you can do to assist the contractor carrying out the project and ensure the work is carried out as quickly and safely as possible.
- Please stay out of any areas signed or cordoned off for woodland works even when you cannot see any obvious signs of work being carried out. The machinery in use is large and operators are not expecting pedestrians to be walking in and out of their work zone. Ground conditions after vehicles have been operating may be hazardous as may stacks of timber.
- Where stacks of timber are stored outside of the immediate work zone ready for pickup it is essential that you do not climb on or otherwise touch them. The stacks can move and each piece of timber is very heavy and could cause significant damage.
- Take care when using paths outside of the work zone which vehicles may be travelling over, the vehicles themselves will be operating with due care and attention but may leave ruts or other hazards on the paths. All the public routes will be repaired once work has finished but while it is in progress be careful not to trip on any uneven surfaces.
- Contact us immediately if you notice any problems or issues on site, particularly signs of vandalism and theft but also any concerns about public safety or wildlife conservation.
There may be a period of several weeks when a forwarder and harvester are working on site during the night. This is sometimes necessary as the machinery is highly specialist and accounts for a significant percentage of the costs of carrying out the project, so having it working for as many hours as possible is essential if the forest plan is to be achievable within budget. The work zone locations and topography of the site make it unlikely that the noise will carry and disrupt residents sleep but this is impossible to fully assess until the machinery is operational so if you do experience any significant inconvenience please do contact us immediately to alert us to the problem.
Please be aware that compartments within the site where replanting of young trees is scheduled will be fenced off to prevent deer damaging the plants as they establish. This fencing will stay in place for many years but will not restrict access to the path network
For queries relating to the contractors working on site – Mike Ewart, CSGN – 01501 824795.
For queries relating to the wider site outside the work zone – Phil Hannah and Claire Mennim, Falkirk Community Trust - 01324 590900.
Long term forest plans