Capel Manor students, back row from left, Brandon Lezemore, William Allan, Daniel Banks, Alex Goodier, Jules Brownlee-Walters, Greg Bowes, Jake Childs, Fabian Jasonson, front row from left, Lee Smith, Eren Mahmet, Ross Linwood, Adam Abbott, Connor Hearn
Students studying arboriculture and countryside management have been carrying out a range of tree works at Latton Woods in Harlow as part of their training.
The arboriculture students from Capel Manor College at Enfield have been helping Harlow Council look after the woodland since September 2013. Their work has included widening rides to improve biodiversity, felling conifer trees to open up glades, clearing up trees damaged by last year’s storms and carrying out works to specific trees of high amenity value.
A council spokesman said: “Harlow Council has developed a good working relationship with the college which is helping us to look after the woods to improve both biodiversity and make the woods safe to use for visitors.
“This complements the work we do and the work of our conservation volunteers to maintain open spaces and woodland across the town. Harlow is a green town with many open spaces and woodland which makes it ideal for horticultural students to get vital hands-on experience.”
Parts of Latton Wood are of ancient origin with evidence suggesting it is over 400 years old. Recently the wood has been planted with non-native cedars and spruce tress which shade out native flowers such as the primrose. The non-native fauna is also being removed by the students to improved the land’s wildlife and make Latton Woods more attractive for visitors.
Andy Deane, lecturer in arboriculture and countryside management at Capel Manor College, said: “The partnership with Harlow works perfectly for the Capel Manor College, we run a variety of arboriculture and countryside management courses, at a range of levels. One thing they all have in common is the need for some practical habitat management.
“Working with Harlow Council the students see the results of appropriate woodland management following a proper management plan; they are doing real and important work in the woodland whilst helping the community and gaining valuable experience.”