Public consulted over plans to cut back Surrey woodland

Bluebells at Staffhurst Wood (G Sweetnam)
Image caption Cutting back tree canopies would encourage even more bluebells at the site

The guardians of a specially designated area of Surrey woodland are consulting local people over plans to cut back tree cover.

Surrey Wildlife Trust is considering opening up more woodland at Staffhurst Wood, near Oxted, to encourage a wider variety of wildlife and plants.

The trust is planning the next phase of conservation after funding from the Forestry Commission ended.

It said it wanted to consult the public before cutting back trees.

Bats and bluebells

The ancient woodland is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the importance of the species of plants and animals there.

Bats and bluebells and the broadleaf wild service tree are among the wildlife at the site.

But a spokesman said that following talks with Natural England, the trust was considering opening back some of the tree canopies to create light and space for more species to grow there.

The trust will host a public gathering at the wood on 29 July.

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