Taming the Copse

Daylight is let into the copse to encourage scrub and healthy trees

We know, from all the feedback we have received,  that the ‘taming’ of the two copses in the Park has been a priority with a lot of people.  The main reason being their use as a ‘drugs den’ (both plastic packets and needles have been found in quantities)  and the associated  accumulation of unsightly rubbish and bottles – a danger to both children playing in the Park and dogs.  The situation got so bad, that ‘vigilante’ groups threatened to chop the hawthorn down themselves.   So,  the sight of the thicket coming back under management between now and April will be a welcome sight for many.

The idea is to lay the hedges Yorkshire style and thin out the wood in the middle so that light floods back in, thereby encouraging brambles and scrub to flourish and provide a quiet, undisturbed habitat for wildlife; including the nesting birds.  A lighter, airier atmosphere will also help preserve and strengthen the pine trees and silver birch in both areas.

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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