The Council manages several areas of woodland which can be accessed from various points in Costessey. Tree inspections take place on a regular basis, but walkers should contact us with any concerns. Our emergency numbers are on our website and a recorded message on our telephone system. In June we applied to the Forestry Commission for a licence to fell a hectare of Corsican Pine trees in Greenhills Woods on safety grounds, as they are over 60 years old and beyond their ecological life span. We are exploring ideas to maybe create a new glade with a bench and will contact residents in the close proximity of the woods with our plans. Details will be discussed at Council meetings which the public is always welcome to attend.
Update 2 July 2018 – The contractor Mr Vaughan West will endeavour to fell and clear the remainder of the 0.99 hectare of Corsican Pine by 30 Sept 2018. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and the loss of your enjoyment whilst using the woods.
June 2018 update click here Greenhills wood June 2018
Please do not attempt to access the woods if the entrances are fenced off.
Notices will be displayed THIS MAY INCLUDE WEEKEND WORK.
November 2016 – Preparatory work started with the woods closed for public access at certain times.
December 2016 – Felling started in accordance with the Forestry Commission Licence and will continue through to 28 Feb 2017. A space needs to be cleared for a Harvester.
21 Jan 2017 Representatives from the Town Council attended the site on Friday and were satisfied with progress. A update will be sent to dwellings in the vicinity of the woods towards the end of the month. Look out for a shorter update in the next Costessey Contact newsletter and visit this page of our website for more updates.
23 Feb 2017 Storm Doris damaged and blew down some exposed trees. The total cost to the Council was £840 for call outs, inspections and emergency works.
28 Feb 2017 – Felling stops in accordance with the Licence
18 July 2017 – Town Council meets to consider options for disposal of debris and decides to allow the contractor to burn the waste in accordance with relevant D7 Exemption.
18 AUGUST 2017
updated 10am on 14 September 2017
Controlled burning of debris will take place on 14 & 15 Sept. Contractors will remain on site throughout. Authorities are aware including the Fire Brigade, District Council, Police & Norwich Airport.
THE WOODS WILL BE CLOSED
September 2017 – Logs being removed from the site
From September to October 2017 – Felling will re-commence with logs removed at the same time.
November 2017 – Permission has been granted by South Norfolk Council to remove a large tree at the entrance and to create a secondary (temporary) access point near to the bus shelter on Townhouse Road solely to assist with the removal of the logs.
2018 – Replanting will be scheduled
Map showing extent of works
Controlled Burning Risk Assessment Greenhill Fire RiskAss