Trees cleared – canal reopened

Chainsaw team deal with problem trees

A team of 12 Waterway Recovery Group Forestry volunteers, assisted by several Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers, (including 3 Cotswold Canals Trust chainsaw operators) worked on Saturday and Sunday to carry out tree surgery on problem trees, which were overhanging the canal at Upper Mills east of Upper Mills Bridge.
The Forestry Group followed a schedule of tree work drawn up by CCT Biodiversity Director Paul Rutter after discussions with Mark Hemmings, Stroud District Council Tree Officer.
Aims & Objectives
The initial objective was to make the canal and adjoining towpath safe for users, following the failure of two trees during the summer. This was achieved while also retaining some of the original trees that will re-grow. Dead wood will also be retained for insects and other wildlife.
 
Paul Rutter comments "The trees along the canal corridor have, by and large, had very little or no maintenance carried out for many years. Consequently most are in need of careful management. 
 
"In the longer term it is hoped that, after negotiation with the adjoining landowners, Cotswold Canals Trust can agree a programme of work to bring the trees and wooded areas adjoining and overhanging the canal, back into better condition, thinning where necessary in order to allow the remaining trees to reach their full potential, and also to enable new trees to emerge.
"We wish to thank Waterway Recovery Group Forestry and the Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers who carried out this operation."