The Council manages several areas of woodland which can be accessed from various points in Costessey. Tree inspections take place on a regular basis, but walkers should contact us with any concerns. Our emergency numbers are on our website and a recorded message on our telephone system. In June we applied to the Forestry Commission for a licence to fell a hectare of Corsican Pine trees in Greenhills Woods on safety grounds, as they are over 60 years old and beyond their ecological life span. We are exploring ideas to maybe create a new glade with a bench and will contact residents in the close proximity of the woods with our plans. Details will be discussed at Council meetings which the public is always welcome to attend.
Please do not attempt to access the woods if the entrances are fenced off.
Notices will be displayed THIS MAY INCLUDE WEEKEND WORK.
November 2016 – Preparatory work started with the woods closed for public access at certain times.
December 2016 – Felling started in accordance with the Forestry Commission Licence and will continue through to 28 Feb 2017
January 2017 – Work continues as weather dictates and is on schedule to continue through to end Feb 2017. Representatives from the Town Council attended the site on Friday 21 Jan 2017 and were satisfied with progress. A update will be sent to dwellings in the vicinity of the woods towards the end of the month. Look out for a shorter update in the next Costessey Contact newsletter and visit this page of our website for more updates.
Update 28 Feb 2017Greenhills Woods Update
Map showing extent of works
Removal of the felled trees was delayed following Storm Doris due to the urgent requirement for equipment at other sites. Additionally an employee of the contractor was off work due to long term illness. Every effort is being made to clear the site which will take some time due to limited access and logistics. Some of the trees have to left for a while to allow the sap to dry before the sawmill will accept them. The Town Council will recover some of the costs associated with this project by selling them on.
Anti-Social Behaviour April 2017
The timber trailer has had both tyres let down. The rope and netting have been cut with a pair of scissors as the cut is too neat for a knife on the plastic. Some lengths of timber that have been pulled across two pathways within the wood presenting an unnecessary trip hazard. Whoever is doing this must come to the wood prepared for this behaviour. Ultimately, this is making the site unsafe and accessible in areas where the public must not go at this stage. Please contact the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 if you have any information.