Update 8 January 2020:
From Wednesday 15 January we will be undertaking some management work to the trees near to the Combat Play Area and cycle path at Victoria Park. The trees are at risk of falling and require managing, so they will be cut to ground level, a process known as coppicing.
Light will be able to get to the ground, meaning other species will be able to grow. This will provide food for butterflies and other insects, which in turn will provide food for birds, bats and mammals.
We will then be managing the woodland on a coppice rotation, meaning there will be a good variety of habitat and cover for a number of different bird species.
Coppice management will also increase the amount of light getting to the stream, making it a better habitat for wildlife. We hope this might mean the return of water voles to this part of the River Stour.
If you have any questions, please email the project team.
Update December 2019:
Our plans for tree planting within Victoria Park, as part of the revitalisation project, are now being finalised. New trees will be planted in appropriate locations across the park, allowing them space to grow. They will be managed through a long-term strategy.
Among the trees we will be planting are London planes, English oaks, small leaved limes, white willows, birches and field maples.
Over the coming weeks and months we will be updating the noticeboards in the park with information on what will be happening in particular areas, so keep your eyes open if you are visiting the park.