Oak Spinney Park Woodlands |
Oak Spinney Park, a factory site in Leicestershire, is named after the two woodlands on the site. The woodlands are fine examples of their kind. The northern spinney is predominantly oak and the southern a mix of oak and ash.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) were made, showing how good examples of woodland these are, by two differing local authorities. One by Blaby District Council and the other, most unusually, by Leicestershire County Council.
DSA were asked to assess the woodlands condition, following some years of neglect, and propose revisions to an existing Landscape Management Plan (LMP). With these woodlands being protected careful, agreed (through negotiations with both councils) interventions and sensitive management were appropriate.
Ongoing works include periodic assessment of tree health and works to ensure safety (in relation to the road and site users) and improve the biodiversity and enjoyment potential of the woodlands.
Different approaches were taken throughout to create a mosaic of open glades (providing light and space for natural regeneration and wildflowers such as bluebells) and thick canopy and shrub layers. Large felled timber was collected and stacked within the woodland to provide habitat for small mammals and invertebrates.