Swinley Forest Fire - Replanting Starts
4,500 trees have gone in, in the first weekend of planting at Swinley Forest in Bracknell after large parts of it were destroyed by wildfires during record-breaking temperatures in April 2011.
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Around 200 people of all ages helped plant trees over the two days. The Forestry Commission reckon it will take around 3 months for all 60,000 trees to go in.
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Foresters from as far afield as the New Forest came in to help the volunteers. There were also members of Berkshire Fire and Rescue and people from Bracknell and Crowthorne, some of whom had to be evacuated from their homes during the wildfires.
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The recovery work began in September when 30 hectares of burnt trees were mulched and other larger trees, that where killed by the fire, where cut by forestry staff and the timber was sent to local saw mills to produce FSC certified timber products.
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The forest is being replanted with species including oaks, sweet chestnuts, aspen, alder, sequoia, Douglas firs and mountain pines.
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Broadleaf trees are planted and held up with stakes. These types of trees make the wood more resilient to fire and an uncertain future climate.
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The young trees require many years of care with weeding, protecting trees from deer, rabbits, pests and diseases. Any tree that dies within the first few years is removed and replaced, a task known in forestry as ‘beating up’.
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Heart journalist Catherine Tarr gets involved.