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Wayward Pines damage road

Wayward Pines damage road

Wednesday 09 October 2019

Wayward Pines damage road

Four Monterrey Pines at Le Guet are being felled because of the "extensive damage" they have caused to the car park and road.

Access to Le Guet is currently limited due to tree contractors and machinery operating in the area, with work expected to take two to three days.

Work to repair and improve the asphalt covered car park and road in Le Guet woodland will begin next month. 

"The current road surface is in a very poor condition and this has been caused by wear and tear combined with extensive damage from the roots of nearby Pines," said a spokesperson for the States. "In order to do the resurfacing and ensure the repairs last the roots of four Monterey pines will have to be cut which will require the trees to be felled.

"Unfortunately the roots cannot be removed on their own without removing the trees because it would compromise their structural integrity resulting in a heightened risk of trees falling over."

Originally five trees were earmarked for removal but one fell down within the last fortnight as a result of recent storms.

The States spokesperson added: "Stem sections of the felled trees will be left on site to serve two functions: Firstly to stop people from driving their vehicles over the delicate woodland “floor” thereby protecting tree roots and secondly to provide habitat in the form of decaying wood which provides a food source for invertebrate “mini-beasts”. This in turn offers a food source for insect eating birds and other species which together underpin the biodiversity of the site.

"The felling of what are now over-mature trees, that are approaching the latter stages of their lives, offers an opportunity to broaden the range of species by planting native broadleaf species, to complement other recently planted native trees. Planting will not take place immediately since the soil requires sufficient time to recover and by doing so, it offers the new trees the best chance of survival."

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