Trees hitch a lift in the Peak District
Trees over 60 foot tall are taking to the air on the spectacular Snake Pass, Derbyshire, as work gathers pace to broaden habitats and revitalise scenic woodland.
The Forestry Commission is using a “skyline” for the first time in the Snake Forest to extract over 6,000 tonnes of timber from steep ground, which is off limits to conventional harvesting and forwarding machines.
The system based on cables and pulleys is used in mountainous areas of Scotland, Wales and the Lake District to remove timber from inaccessible terrain.
But its deployment in the Peak District is helping forest chiefs implement a new woodland blueprint.
Albin Smith, from the Forestry Commission, said:
"The Sitka spruce, pine and larch were all planted in 1930 as part of the major expansion of forests following the critical shortages experienced in the First World War.
“Less thought was given to how the trees would be harvested from such steep ground, but the skyline is successfully solving that problem.
“Gradually we want to break-up the blanket of conifers on the hillside to create a more varied woodland with trees of different ages and more native species.”