Anger at management of Welwyn nature reserve

PUBLISHED: 09:25 31 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:10 15 October 2018

After work done at Mardley Heath Nature Reserve

After work done at Mardley Heath Nature Reserve


A Welwyn resident is up in arms after what he described as “vandalism of a beauty spot” by the borough council.

Before work done at Mardley Heath Nature ReserveBefore work done at Mardley Heath Nature Reserve

The council began woodland management on Mardley Heath Nature Reserve between Canonsfield Road and Dolesbury Drive roughly two months ago, and have recently been working between the latter and Hangmans Lane.

However, a Hangmans Lane resident has slammed the council’s “insensitive” action.

“The section they completed was a complete mess and an eyesore,” he said. “I haven’t spoke to anyone who thinks it is an improvement.

“It’s completely over the top.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The woodland management work is the second phase of work to coppice over-mature sweet chestnut along this boundary of Mardley Heath.

“Increased light onto the woodland floor will stimulate regrowth and we are already seeing the re-emergence of bluebells and foxgloves.

“Regrowth of the coppiced stumps of sweet chestnut cut last year is excellent. There is up to six foot of regrowth on many of the stumps, showing a healthy rate of regeneration. This is the aim of the management in this part of the local nature reserve.“

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