Tree Work on A6108 Range Road to Catterick Garrison and B6270 Reeth Road

The Town Council has received the below which explains why the work is being undertaken and also details of road closures that may affect your journey times.

Notice of work to remove trees infected with Ash Dieback disease on Catterick Training Area

As a valued neighbour, we are writing to inform you that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), its industry partner, Landmarc Support Services, and its contractor KWR Plant Hire Ltd, will shortly be commencing important work on Catterick Training Area to remove around 2,000 trees that have been identified as being infected with Ash Dieback disease. Many of the affected trees border the A6108 and B6270 along the Swale Corridor between Richmond and Reeth, which means that the work will involve a number of road closures to ensure trees can be removed safely and that road users and the local workforce are protected.

Details of the closures

The closures, which have been discussed and agreed with North Yorkshire County Council, will take place from 7:00am until 6:00pm on weekdays only from Monday 24 January. The work is expected to take approximately six weeks, though some follow-up felling will be required next winter.

The first stage will see the closure of the A6108 for felling which will last until Friday 28 January. There will then be a week’s break followed by the start of closures and felling along the B6270 from the 7 February. This second phase is expected to be completed in mid-March. Diversions will be in place and clearly signed but work will be temporarily halted to allow buses and emergency vehicles to continue along the road on their usual routes to avoid delays.

Details of specific closures as they occur will be available on www.gov.uk or on the North Yorkshire County Council website at www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks-road-closures-and-diversions.

About Ash Dieback disease

Ash Dieback is a serious fungal disease of ash trees. There is no cure or treatment for the disease and over time infected trees will weaken, causing branches to fall and trees to eventually collapse and die.

Infection can lead to the death of young trees in just two to three years and of mature trees within three to five years. This presents a significant health and safety risk, especially alongside roads and public rights of way. Whilst it is unfortunate that these trees must be felled, it is the only option to protect the public and other estate users.

Regenerating the woodlands

It is intended that the trees will be replaced through natural regeneration, however, if this does not succeed, we may carry out some replanting with native broadleaves, similar to those already on site.

We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause and thank you for your patience. We would also appreciate any help you can give to share this information with local residents.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Landmarc’s National Service Centre by emailing nsc@landmarc.mod.uk, calling 0800 022 3334 or search for Ash Dieback on the Ministry of Defence Estate on www.gov.uk.

Yours faithfully

DIO Forestry Team

Skeeby Solar Farm – Public Webinar

Whilst this development is in Richmondshire, it is a long way from Middleham however as there may be a wider public interest in this type of development, you may be interested in a forthcoming presentation by the promoters of the scheme.

Application details can be viewed at the RDC website here.  https://planning.richmondshire.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

The promoter has advised:

We have had several requests to do a public consultation to update anyone interested in our current solar application.

While we appreciate not ideal, we have been advised the preference from many due to the risk of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, and for the ease of travel, Pre-Christmas is to do this online.

The meeting will last no more than 1 hour with an initial 20-minutes overview of the proposal followed by any Q&A from attendees.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Date: Tuesday 14th December 18:00 (GMT)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r9wPuneCQ7iKj0vLdJ9OSQ

The meeting will be recorded and made available online for anyone who is unable to attend.

We welcome you to pass the above link to anyone interested in attending; this will be advertised via local papers and distributed to our mailing list. https://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/presentation-announced-on-30m-solar-farm-plans/

If you have any questions, please let me know, and I hope you can attend.

Tree Planting at Pinkers Pond

If you are out and about this Saturday and see a group of people at Pinker’s Pond, they are in fact volunteers making a positive difference this winter by planting 200 native trees to help enhance the biodiversity of the area. The trees have been supplied by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and will include wild cherry, goat willow, grey willow, rowan, oak, field maples and dog rose. Many of the ash trees surrounding the pond are already suffering from ash die-back so the willows will provide interest at the waters edge when the ash are no longer there and the rest will bring additional colour and enrich biodiversity onsite.  The trees are being planted to a plan agreed with Council to maintain the views from Pinker’s Pond

Lower Wensleydale Biodiversity Action Group would like to thank everyone for their continued support for this project and are grateful to the volunteers that have stepped forward to help this season. If you have any questions or are interested in helping to look after the area please email lwbagroup@gmail.com