Conservators explain work to cut down trees on Royston’s Therfield Heath

Trees are being chopped back on Therfield Heath. Credit: David Hatton/Art16

Trees are being chopped back on Therfield Heath. Credit: David Hatton/Art16 - Credit: Archant

Conservators have moved to reassure residents about the cutting down of trees on Royston’s Therfield Heath.

The Conservators of Therfield Heath and Royston Golf Club are currently chopping back trees on the Heath, but insist that the work is being undertaken to improve the area.

David Smith, clerk to the Conservators, said: “Over many years trees and scrub have invaded the edges of the Heath. The agreement the Conservators and the Royston Golf Club have with Natural England require them to maintain and improve the existing chalk grassland, as well as restore areas of grassland by the removal of some scrub and trees.

“The remaining scrub and trees are to be sensitively managed to provide a good habitat structure for a wide variety of wildlife surrounding the Heath.”

The Heath is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as it is one of the largest areas of species-rich chalk grassland in the country.


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It is also home to several rare species of insect.

Mr Smith added: “These works are being supervised by Natural England. Permission is also needed from the Forestry Commission to remove a significant number of trees, and the commission has provided advice on the best methods of proceeding.”

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