A short programme of woodland management ...
... takes place on Hailey Park every year, involving woodland thinning and coppicing. The work forms part of an agreed management plan following consultations with the County Ecologist and is one of the priority sites selected as part of an overall strategy for Cardiff’s woodland management.
The work is carried out by the Park Department's Woodland Team usually in the first quarter of each year. However, at other times of the year removal of saplings (usually sycamore) is often done by volunteers on the park under the guidance of the ranger service.
What is woodland management? Woodland management is all about keeping our woods healthy and varied for the people and wildlife of Cardiff to enjoy.
The work is designed to meet each site’s individual needs and increase biodiversity, and the age range of the trees. Woodland management work is done during the winter and stops for the nesting season. Thinning out of trees and coppicing areas allows light to penetrate on to the woodland floor to stimulate the ground floor species such as blue bell, wood anemone and celandine and to encourage natural regeneration of tree species. Once the tree canopy becomes too dense, these spring flowering plants that carpet the woodland floor become shaded out.
What happens to the brash and wood that is felled?