Following on from a large scale independent tree survey across the Estate, which identified areas of improvement, the Estate has successfully implemented and established a forestry and planting scheme.
Work in the Estate’s woodland areas has involved the clearing of fallen timber, diseased and dangerous trees and selective thinning. The pollarding of the willows along the river banks, which grossed in excess of 120 tonnes, has seen the timber and soft wood thinning transferred for biofuel and the fallen trees are used for logs at Alscot Park and The Bell.
The continual forestry scheme, headed by David Arnold, has to date seen over 500 new trees and substantial hedging planted in 2017. This is the largest tree planting project since a new wood, Bermondsey Wood, was planted in 2012 to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The wood named after the West families connection to the London Estate, consists of 2500 British Oak, Ash and Hornbeam.