A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL USERS OF THE WOODS.

brash hedge Stara WoodsLast summer the Stara Woods volunteers started to build up a brash hedge along the east river bank in Colquite Wood from our car park to the footbridge.

This was to reduce footfall on the bank and into the river as the vegetation was being killed leading to bank erosion.

In the autumn over 3,000 young salmon were released along this stretch of river, and we hope they are seeing out their first winter here with the protection of the hedge. The area we are trying to conserve includes 6 very large Sitka Spruce trees which are growing between the path and the river. It is particularly important to protect the bank here – two of them already have roots exposed to the river. So far the trees are hanging on, but as the bank washes away they may fall (damage/ danger to life), or have to be cut down (cost). One is rumoured to be the tallest tree in Cornwall … they are special! Our brash hedges were succeeding, and vegetation was beginning to grow back along the bank. Here’s a photo of the hedge as it was, and the notice posted explaining its purpose.

HOWEVER, WE ARE SHOCKED & SADDENED TO REPORT THAT SOMEBODY IS REGULARLY STRIPPING BACK THE BRASH HEDGE. LAST WEEKEND THEY CLEARED AWAY AND NEATLY STACKED NOT ONLY THE HEDGE BUT ALSO THE SIGN WHICH ASKS VISITORS NOT TO LEAVE THE PATHS OR GO IN THE RIVER AND TO RESPECT THE WOODS.

Can anyone help us understand why this is happening? Perhaps the people involved can get in touch and explain? Or maybe you have seen it happening and can help us reach out to them? We will be very grateful for any information that you can give us about this.

Here is the now exposed & vulnerable stretch of the bank.