Clearance of some hedges and other vegetation has been undertaken during February around the former propagation centre and near the brook. This work has been done by the City Council to prepare the ground for new planting in accordance with the master plan for the redevelopment of the Park.
The work has had a sudden visual impact, but vegetation removal is very selective and of long-term benefit; also it will be more coppicing than removal, which will encourage re-growth.
The area that used to enclose the propagation centre has been opened to reveal the space that will be brought into the public areas of the Park.
Guy Belcher, the City Council’s officer responsible for wildlife issues, came to our meeting in March and explained why work has been done and what is intended with regards to future brook works to re-create the chalk stream habitat.