United Utilities PLC are proposing to initiate a programme of woodland management at Roddlesworth Woods. Over the years very limited management of the woodland has taken place, particularly around Higher Roddlesworth Reservoir primarily due to the lack of suitable access for forestery machinery and vehicles to extract timber.
They are now in a position to begin developing a woodland infrastructure in this section to enable sustainable management to take place.
“The proposed works take into account the physical characteristics of the area and have recognised the potential to modify the age structure of the woodland. Opening up the canopy will allow more light through to the woodland floor which will encourage a higher plant diversity thus improving the area for birds and butterflies. Leaving timber on the ground will provide a range of micro habitats for insects and fungi. All this combines to improve the vatiety of life, or biodiversity, of the woodland”
The programme of work is expected to be carried out over a 2-3 year period beginning in January 2017 to 2019.
Prior to that an access road will be constructed from Roddlesworth Lane ( location A on the plan)to the dam at Higher Roddlesworth Reservoir (D)
Roddlesworth Lane will be resurfaced starting in the next week or so. – I have it on good authority that it will be stoned not tarmac.
I have also been in touch with the Woodland Officer who has agreed to keep me informed of the locations that will be managed as and when. I will post so that riders are aware of possible difficulties when accessing the woods