Cheshire Woodlands Arboricultural Consultancy

Tree Risk Management - Multiple woodland sites at Buxton, Derbyshire

Photograph - Go Ape KioskClient

For this project, our client is the Buxton Civic Association, an organisation formed in 1968 with the aim of preserving the fine architecture of Buxton and conserving the town's natural and designed landscapes.

Landholding

Over a period of more than thirty years, the Association has acquired one hundred and sixty acres of woodland and some forty acres of open ground from the Duke of Devonshire's Chatsworth Estate. From the various times of acquisition up to the involvement of Cheshire Woodlands, the management of risk from falling trees had been on an ad hoc basis, with staff reacting to situations as they arose.

Buxton Country Park is the Association's busiest site with over 100,000 visitors each year. Here there are two particular visitor attractions; the Poole's Cavern limestone caves, which attracted  38,500 visitors in 2010 and over the same period, 14,000 visitors took on the 'Go Ape' tree-top adventure course.