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Work starts on improvement plan for Williamson Park's woodland

John Freeman
Work has started on the first phase of a management and improvement plan for Williamson Park’s historic woodland.

The aim of the project is to restructure the woodland to increase light levels and promote natural regeneration within the park and is part of the Woodland Management Plan commissioned by the park’s owner, Lancaster City Council.

The management plan will guide the future management and development of Williamson Park over the next 5-10 years in ways that respect its heritage and nature conservation value and reflect the city council’s vision for the park as a popular visitor attraction.

Phase one started on Monday (March 31) and will see the felling of a number of trees within the Old Observatory area in the park. Some areas will be closed to the public while the work, which is expected to take a fortnight, takes place.

The timber will be re-used to refurbish the outdoor theatre seating in The Gorge.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet member with responsibility for parks and open spaces, said: “Williamson Park’s woodland is one of its principle attractions, but to keep it looking its best requires a lot of hard work.

“The Woodland Management plan sets out how we’ll manage the park over the next 5-10 years to ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

• More details on the Woodland Management Plan can be at