© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

Affinity Water, owners of Stocker’s Lake, have carried out a major tree safety survey on Stocker’s Lake.  As a result the, tree surgery begins this winter to make safe any potentially dangerous trees.  Work will include some felling as well as coppicing and removal of branches.

We welcome this work and in particular the removal of some of the poplars (poplus canadensis) which we will replace with alders. These poplars are not only dangerous because of their habit of shedding large and apparently healthy major branches without notice, but also because they offer very little to birds and other wildlife, unlike alders which give winter feeding to birds such as siskins and other finches.

September 2014