A ROAD running alongside the Malvern Hills is to be closed for a short period of time to allow essential tree works to take place.
Jubilee Drive, which runs through Thirds Wood, will be closed from 8am on Monday, November 6 to Friday, November 10 at 4pm inclusive.
The Highways Authority will be putting in a diversion to allow the leaning roadside tress to be removed safely.
The Malvern Hills Trust, formerly the Conservators, is also closing the paths into Thirds Wood from Sunday, November 5.
Visitor access to the wood will remain closed until all work is completed.
The northern half of Gardiner’s Quarry car park will also be closed to allow the works to take place.
Parking for visitors will still be available in the southern half of the car park and the parking area to the west of Jubilee Drive.
Conservation manager Jonathan Bills said: “We recognise that Thirds Wood is a special place that is very different from anywhere else on the Malvern Hills.
“We’re using the need to fell dangerous trees as an opportunity to ensure the wood’s future through new planting of Scots Pine and Norway Spruce.”
The work aims to secure the future of this mixed conifer and broadleaf woodland, to keep it open for people, and provide a home for wildlife.
Selective thinning of area known locally as ‘Little Switzerland’ will include the removal of some of dangerous and leaning trees.
It will thin younger, dense stands which will benefit from more light.
Felling of poor specimens will create space to plant suitable new trees for the future.
Around four per cent of all trees will be affected.
The scheduled works for Thirds Wood have been put together following detailed planning and public consultation.
The trust will be carrying out the selective felling works in accordance with plans approved by the Forestry Commission and Natural England.
For more information on the work, visit www.malvernhills.org.uk/latest-news or call 01684 892002.