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Woodlands Management

East Hoathly with Halland Parish Council is very pleased to announce the relaunching of the Parish Woodland Working Group. The Parish Woodland Working Group consists of 3 parish Councillors and a small number of co-opted local residents.

The Parish Woodland Working Group is currently chaired by Cllr John Deane who will be facilitating meetings and making recommendations to the Council. Also appointed to the Working Group are Cllr Victoria Albuquerque and Cllr Diane Knill. The Parish Woodland Working Group is looking for like minded volunteers from the Parish, who have an interest in the woodland and trees, to come forward to help the steering group.

If as a local resident you have any ideas interests or suggestions please contact Cllr John Deane, Cllr Albuquerque or Cllr Knill. Should you see them around the Parish please chat to them and find out more.

The steering group terms of reference will soon be available on the Parish Council's 
website as well as for a plan for Maintenance, management and improvements. So please look out for the next update.



TERMS OF REFERENCE

East Hoathly with Halland Parish Council Woodlands Working Group


The role of the Parish Woodland Working Group is to identify work required and develop a maintenance plan for the future. The Parish Woodland Working Group or any other Working Group does not have delegated authority to make decisions or instruct contractors to carry out work. All decisions must be made at Parish level. Failure to do so will entitle the Council to dissolve the working group.


Aims and objectives

To assist the Council with the preservation of the Woodland and wildlife and paths


1. Membership

The Parish Woodland will comprise of 3 members of the Council and up to 5 local residents.

The Working Group will appoint a chairman to facilitate co-ordinate meetings and send written recommendations to the Clerk as items to place on the next meeting agenda. (Items need to be with the Clerk 10 days prior to a Council meeting.)


2. Conduct of Meetings

a) All meetings of the Parish Woodlands Working Group shall be convened at an interval of at least every three months or at shorter intervals as required

b) Notes of all meetings of the Parish Woodlands Working Group shall be kept and be made available at the first available Parish Council Meeting following the Woodland Working Group meeting

c) A quorum shall consist of three members, including at least one East Hoathly with Halland Parish Councillor.


3.  The Parish Woodlands Working Group

a) The Parish Woodlands Working Group will at all times act on behalf of and in the interests of East Hoathly with Halland Parish Council.

The role of the Parish Woodland Working Group is to identify work required and develop a maintenance plan for the future.


4. The Parish Woodland Working Group shall:

a) In conjunction with the Clerk, RFO and Members of the Parish Council be responsible for ensuring that the Parish Council’s interests are considered at all times.

b) Promote the facilities of the Parish Woodlands and encourage its use for the benefit of the community.


5. Role and duties of the Parish Woodland Working Group

1. Recommend to the Parish Council appropriate measures to manage, maintain and if possible enhance the natural aspects of the Parish Woodland for the benefit of the Community.

2. Recommend to the Parish Council any actions considered necessary with regard to potential Tree Preservation Orders affecting Parish trees outside the Parish Woodland.

3. To work on a management and natural enhancement plan for a five year period for the Council to adopt.

4. Identify Partners who may be able to assist with the management and maintenance.

5.  To create follow best habitat and protection procedures, whenever possible, and identify sources of advice from specialist organisations, such as the Sussex Wildlife Trust, to achieve these aims.

6. To make recommendations to Council to encourage thoughtful use and to improve the condition of a few path locations with the use of wood chippings

7. To identify matters pertaining to drainage and source advice for the improvement of drainage, the pond and ditches.

8. To engage with the local school to encourage use appropriate, visits, and provide information about the Parish Woodland.

9. To assess clarity as to where the boundary is and recommend how to mark the boundary in a discreet manner.

10. To recommend to Council items for inclusion on the Parish Council website in order to keep it updated.

11. To make recommendations for the reduction of undergrowth in order to allow for regeneration.

12. The Working Group using expert knowledge and advice will place Tree Preservation Orders on trees within the Parish once agreed by Council. The Parish Woodland Working Group can at time to time advise on other tree matters within the Parish.


Advisories


Contractors

Contractors will source the Clerk with copies of their liability insurance. The Clerk will issue Work Orders to authorise work to be carried out on Parish Council land.


Nesting season

It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. It will be an intentional act, for example, if it is known is an active nest in the hedge and still cut the hedge, damaging or destroying the nest in the process.


All works shall be carried out in accordance with Health and Safety regulations. Protective clothing and goggles should be worn where required. Strimmers should have the safety guard on when carrying out work on behalf of East Hoathly with Halland Parish Council