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Management of Duchess Wood: Work to Date

Paths and Bridges 
Tree Management Scheme 
Lower Clyde Greenspace and the 'Employability' Team have constructed
paths within Duchess Wood as part of increasing the accessibility to
to Duchess Wood.
Bridges and culverts have been built to provide a route over streams that cross well-used paths.
For example, the Thurgood Bridge, which was opened in 2005, was constructed at the north-east corner of the wood linking it to 
the round-Helensburgh footpath network. 
To create a more natural woodland, invasive species are being gradually removed.  Some patches of trees (sycamore) have already been thinned. 
Other areas of trees will also be thinned and others will be coppiced (a traditional woodland management method) to create a more varied structure to the woodland and to increase biodiversity.   
Dead wood will be left on the woodland floor to provide habitat for insects and fungi.
The Thurgood     Bridge at North  The employability team
Bridge                 of the wood
Coppicing of trees in           Fallen trees left to rot to
Duchess Wood                    provide natural habitats


A learning pack based on Duchess Wood was developed by 4 local schools in conjunction with the Forestry Commission. 
Placement of posts with numbers on them mark key points within the wood and are cross-referenced in the learning pack.
New litter bins have been placed at entrance points to the wood.
New bins for dog waste have also been provided. 
Friends of Duchess Wood
(Charity Number SC039527)
Last updated: 09 March 2015