The more observant among you will have spotted some signs around Callendar Park advising of some urgent work that the Forestry Commissiion is obliged to carry out under statutory notice. This is due to a tree disease that has been found in the wood, which affects a variety of tree species, predominantly larch, and has a serious impact on biodiversity and commercial timber production.
The operation will involve the removal of a number of infected trees and several around to proved a large buffer zone. The Forestry Commission will employ a third party to carry out the felling and they will use heavy machine to do so, which will mean that they have to carve a route to reach the infected trees. It may therefore look as though large swathes of the wood are being removed but please be assured the numvers are being kept to the minimum.
Large areas of the wood will become closed to the public whilst operations are ongoing and some of this will include portions of the parkrun route. I have however met with the Forestry Commission which has agreed to open up the parkrun route each Friday so that we will still be able to operate. Please be aware that the work will be ongoing for 6 days a week so there may be heavy vehicles moving in the park on Saturdays, although not on the parkrun route.
There are still some negotiations ongoing between the Forestry Commission and the contractors and I will update you all on progress when I have more information. You can expect the work to start sooner rather than later as the statutory notice demands that it should be completed by April.
One point that the Forestry Commission has asked me to advise on is the potential for humans to spread tree/plant diseases. I have been asked to advise you that it is good practice on terms of biosecurity to clean your shoes before and after visiting Callendar Park/Wood. This good practice applies not simply to our parkrun route, but should be common practice when moving from any natural habitat to another. Your co-operation in this matter would be greatly apprecated.
If you have any questions, please let me know and I will try to answer.