Job Done: Tree removal for local authority on an awkward urban site

Project: Tree felling and management

Client: Telford & Wrekin Council

Contractor: UPM Tilhill

UPM Tilhill has finished a tricky tree-removal job on steep land and given thousands of tonnes of wood to locals. Telford & Wrekin Council needed lots of mature Scots pine felled on a large urban site before work could begin on a sports and education centre.

The multidisciplinary firm tackled tree harvesting and timber management on the West Midlands site in five weeks. Contract manager Anthony Brown said: "The site was steep with unusual contours so the harvesting team couldn't use traditional methods.

"We combined machine and hand felling and, in the more accessible areas, were able to remove the timber using a forestry harvester and forwarder. Where there was poor access, we had to use an excavator-mounted winch. Additional clearance was carried out by an arb team."

The authority's team leader James Dunn added: "UPM Tilhill's team had to remove the trees and then sell the wood into various markets." Locals were offered logs, scouts received 24 timber strips and adults with special needs got wood to build garden furniture, planters and bird boxes.

Around 1,400 tonnes went to wood-product maker Kronospan and 600 tonnes of biomass bales will fuel combined heat and power boilers at UPM's nearby paper mill. The Dawley Sports and Learning Community will form a major part of the regeneration of Dawley under a council initiative.

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