Meetings with representatives of the Forest of Mercia and local experts on woodland management and nature conservation to continue to develop the site as planned and envisaged for the benefit of the community, using volunteer advice and labour.
Meeting with Staff from Kingsmead School to discuss community projects in July and in the future. Invitations to collaborate also sent to Five Ways, Gorsemoor and Heath Hayes Primary Schools.
Planning Policy has had a request from The Woodland Trust to circulate their best practice advice and guidance on tree planting to the Parish/Town Councils in the Cannock Chase area:
- Guidance document on how to best incorporate trees and woods into residential development: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/2019/01/residential-developments-and-trees
- Free community tree packs which parish councils, schools and other community groups are eligible to apply for and there is a simple online application procedure: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities
- Guidance on neighbourhood planning for parish councils: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/protecting-trees-and-woods/campaign-with-us/campaign-in-your-community/neighbourhood-planning
- Information sheet on things that parish councils can do for trees: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/media/45344/top_ten_tree_tips.pdf .
- If you require any additional information please contact the Woodland Trust directly using the details on this page: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/contact-us/
The Parish Council has been granted a 100 year lease (2018) on a small wooded (Wimblebury Mountd area to the east of John Street and Wimblebury Road, known locally as Cannel Mount.
The Council wants to maintain and develop the site as a community asset and a public open space. Plans are to assess the site, to identify the natural characteristics of the site and to plan a viable and environmentally responsible development plan.
Initially, we have to assess the safety of the site and take all reasonable precautions. There will be initial work to identify some trees that can be removed, then a plan that encourages suitable wildlife and keeps the area available for the public.
Eventually, we would like interpretation boards, better routes through and around the site. At the moment, we have the landlocked area shown on the map (line below) and no vehicle access or parking.
The Clerk was undertaking weekly visits up to December 2019 to identify risk, work needed and was undertaking at least 10 hours a week on path clearance, identification of issues to be addressed and making arrangements with experts and other volunteers to undertake tree removal where necessary.