Deadwood provides important habitat in Welywn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 12:47 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:47 03 February 2016

Dead sweet chestnut tree

Dead sweet chestnut tree


Tree officers from Welwyn Hatfield Council have been investigating the deadwood around the borough, which provides a habitat for birds and insects.

Dead sweet chestnut treeDead sweet chestnut tree

The sweet chestnut tree was found in St John’s Valley by Monks Rise, Welwyn Garden City.

There is no way of knowing how old it is or when it died, as the tree would have to be cut down to find out, however the council estimates that some of the other trees in the same area are around 300 years old.

Deadwood provides an important habitat for insects, fungi, mosses and lichens. The insects found in deadwood are also a food source for birds.

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