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Major new plan for Dalby Forest
2:46pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
DALBY Forest is set to get a major new look.
The forest, covering 3,576 hectares in the North York Moors National Park, is managed by Forest Enterprise, which manages land for the Forestry Commission.
Now a plan has been drawn up which aims to see large areas of conifers replaced by broadleaved woodland as it aims to improve the forestry through diversification to improve the experience for the 450,000 people who visit the forest each year.
Simon Wightman, head of natural environment at the National Park Authority, said in a report to members: “The plan recognises the importance of Dalby Forest for wildlife, landscape, heritage and recreation and has safeguards in place to ensure that these interets are protected and enhanced.”
The main proposals include clearing areas of poor spruce trees and replanting the areas, planting alternative conifer species including Macedonian pine, Oriental spruce and European Silver fir, and plantations of ancient woodland sites will be restored.
The forest has four Sites of Special Scientific Interests – Ellerburn Bank, Ellers Wood and Sand Dale, Seive Dale Fen and Troutsdale and Rosekirk Dale Fencs. Open space in the forest, including agricultural land, felled and unplanted land, accounts for 17 per cent of the forest area.
The park’s planning committee is being recommended to approve the plan and for officers to work with Forest Enterprise staff on its future.
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