November 30, 2007
WALES: Unsafe Trees Need Felling
MORE than 80 trees in a country park are to be felled after tests showed them to be unsafe.
All of them are alongside the footpaths of Loggerheads Country Park in Denbighshire which attracts 120,000 visitors every year.
Tests showed that in the largest beech tree in the park, only a tiny amount of live wood was found to be supporting the whole tree.
Every effort is now being made to reduce it to a safe height rather than felling it completely.
Moira Young, Denbighshire's county ecologist, said: "The woodlands at Loggerheads provide important feeding areas and roost sites for a variety of bat species, such as the less common Noctule bat, and this method of working will ensure there is minimal potential disturbance to these animals.
"This is specialised and time-consuming work but is essential to protect the wildlife of the site."
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