A major project to protect and conserve Wynyard Woodland Park will get under way next week.
Works will start on expanding and improving Tilery Car Park at the A689 entrance. This will be complete by September and there will be access to the car park throughout.
After that a scheme to encourage the park’s native ancient semi-natural woodland habitat to regenerate will begin.
The first phase will involve the removal of the non-native coniferous species in the park such as pines, spruces and firs that were planted in the 1960’s. This in turn will allow traditional woodland species such as Oak, Ash, Birch and Elm to grow in their place.
The benefits of allowing long established British species of trees to mature is that a larger number and more diverse range of flora and fauna will flourish. These are key aims of partner organisations such as the Wildlife Trust and the Forestry Commission.
The felling will begin in October and will be complete by the end of February.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor David Rose, said: “Wynyard Woodland Park is much loved by people living across Stockton so it is really important that we help protect it so future generations can enjoy it. This scheme will help us do that and the improvements to the car park will make it even easier for people to visit.”
For further information about the scheme visit www.stockton.gov.uk/wynyardwoodlandpark