New trees to boost biodiversity at popular green space

Work to replace dead or dangerous trees at a popular green space will help keep the public safe and contribute to Bolton Council’s fight against climate change.

The project is due to start later this month at Wilderswood and will see the removal of larch trees which have become infected with the disease Phytophthora ramorum.

A number of pine trees, both live and dead, will also be removed due to concerns they would be susceptible to wind damage if left exposed.

The move comes after Bolton Council received a Statutory Plant Health Notice from the Forestry Commission, requiring action to address the presence of the disease.

The wood will be replanted with a mixture of broad-leafed trees, which will improve the area’s biodiversity and contribute to Bolton Council’s aim of tackling climate change.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services Delivery, Cllr Adele Warren, said:

“This council is committed to make the borough both cleaner and greener.

“The planned work at Wilderswood will help us achieve both these objectives by removing diseased and dangerous trees with healthier and more diverse alternatives.

“This wider range of species will increase biodiversity, capture more carbon and contribute to our ongoing efforts to reduce the impact of climate change.”

Disruption will be kept to a minimum, but public access to the work areas will be restricted for safety reasons.

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