Tree survey is management of woodland

IF the volunteer who complained in the article headed ‘Volunteer fighting to save trees’ (News Guardian, September 6) had raised his concerns with North Tyneside Council’s park regeneration team he would have had his misconceptions corrected.

The tree survey he has seen was a recommendation for the management of trees most of which were planted 127 years ago and never thinned or managed since that time.

There are not 31 trees that are definitively being cut down for ‘cosmetic purposes’.

All woodland requires management and the Lottery Funded Regeneration is enabling this long overdue work to be carried out.

When the park was created 127 years ago the majority of the trees planted were sycamore, a species that supports on average 15 insect species.

It is proposed that 100s of these in overcrowded areas are removed and other species such as oak planted, and since oaks support almost 300 insect species this will greatly improve the park biodiversity.

The park, as I remember it 50 years ago when the trees were half their present height, was a much lighter woodland and there were many more shrubs and ground flora, which have been reduced by the lack of light reaching the ground.

Yes ‘wildlife are bound to be effected’ by this project, it will be greatly improved.

More insects in the trees means the park will support more birds.

Professional tree, bat, bird and butterfly surveys have recently been conducted to ensure the regeneration project improves the wildlife of the park as well as improving this valuable amenity for all park users whatever they desire of a public park.

A great amount of public consultation was carried out in the preparation of the successful North Tyneside Council bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund assisted by the New Friends of Northumberland Park to obtain the views and requirements of the general public for their park but obviously you can never please all of the people all of the time.

MIKE COATES

Chairman

New Friends of Northumberland Park