Work to conserve woodland on the outskirts of Lichfield is set to take place this winter. Lichfield District Council has commissioned the Forest of Mercia to carry out woodland management to make sure Stychbrook Park’s woodland remains healthy for years to come. The Curborough Road site has been growing unchecked for years, so a team from the Forest of Mercia will be on site this month to clear blackthorn and scrub from the floor of the woodland. Foresters will then begin felling small and large trees to thin out the woodland in January. This work will mean the remaining trees can grow larger and stronger, and will also help the woodland plants and flowers to thrive, as they will get more light. Councillor Val Richards, cabinet member for leisure services, said: “It’s important to look after our woodland, and this conservation work will not only help the remaining trees to be stronger, it will also open up the area, making it easier for visitors to walk through the woodland.” All the trees that are cut down will be recycled on site. They will be turned into woodchip and thin poles, which will then be used to create two footpaths through the wood. Rebecca Banks, Forest of Mercia Manager, said: “Because we will be felling a number of trees, areas of the woodland will be off limits to visitors this winter. “In the spring, we’ll be inviting children from local schools and residents to help us plant bluebell and daffodil bulbs. We hope lots of people want to get involved.” To register your interest in taking part in the bulb planting, call the Forest of Mercia team on 01543 370737.