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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 30.3 February 2019

Tree-felling in Norbury Park: necessary evil or overreaction?

By - Patrick Barkham

Tree-felling often invokes a negative reaction from the public, but is it justifiable when there is a risk to safety? Patrick Barkham examines the controversy surrounding tree-felling in response to Ash dieback at Norbury Park, Surrey, and talks to the reserve’s managers and local naturalists to learn more about how this work might affect wildlife.

The sound of a mature Ash being felled is not pleasant. There is a violent cracking, a split-second of silence and then a thud that almost shakes the chalk scarp of Norbury Park, Surrey. Two tree-felling machines, one red and one green, dance through the woods at a rapid pace, chopping, stripping and stacking almost every Ash tree in sight.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist