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Big Wood regeneration project

We will soon begin a project to remove Corsican pine trees from a woodland in Bracknell. The pine trees will be replaced with native tree varieties to make a better habitat for wildlife, a place more enjoyable for recreation and that will provide a sustainable source of timber. This is part of a wider aim to regenerate council managed coniferous forestry plantations throughout the borough. To find out more see our tree strategy.

Location of works

The works are due to take place to remove Corsican Pine from a broadleaved woodland located to the north of Peacock Lane (in a north - south direction between Peacock Lane and Berkshire Way (A329).

Reason for the scheme

Trees along side of road
A public consultation of residents indicated concerns about the sustainability of local forestry plantations. These pine plantations were planted widely before the development of Bracknell town and have since come into the ownership of the council.

The pine trees in this location had been planted as a commercial plantation over 50 years ago. Pines will naturally deteriorate over time, as they cannot be effectively pruned to improve their stability or extend their age in a safe condition. Retaining these trees is therefore not a sustainable option.

According to an independent survey (Bluesky), Bracknell Forest is one of the leafiest areas in the UK with around 40% of land covered with trees. We recognise the value of woodland in the borough and the importance of preserving this important resource, which is why we are undertaking work to replace the felled trees with broadleaved varieties.

A mix of broadleaved species will be more:

  • beneficial to wildlife
  • resistant to pest and diseases
  • resilient to climate change

Long-term plan

We will start a borough-wide comprehensive forest management plan which will progressively replace the existing conifer plantations with broadleaf species. This will keep the landscape of existing woodlands while changing plantations into diverse woodlands of the future.

During this process, which will take decades, the quality of the woodland can be improved by adding more tree species of varying ages and sizes and controlling invasive species that compete with the vegetation you want to establish. This will lead to an improved habitat for an increased variety of insects, birds and mammals.

Managing the works

We will be:

  • removing Corsican pine trees
  • planting new native woodland trees and shrubs
  • managing invasive species such as bracken
  • creating a new footpath for people to access and enjoy the site

Disruption to the highway

All access points to the woodland will be from public open spaces and the highway. There will be a 2-way traffic management system on Peacock Lane with minimal disruption to residential roads adjoining the woodland.

Timings

The preparation will start in late September or early October 2019. It is anticipated that the whole scheme (apart from new planting) will be completed by November 2019 (weather dependant). The planting of new trees will start in late autumn and early winter 2019.

For further information please see the plan of works document below:

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