Work is currently underway on what will become the new Wolfson Tree Management Centre. The new facility will provide all that Westonbirt’s expert tree team needs to manage the tree collection. There’s also a lot of other work going on as we start the construction of the STIHL Treetop Walkway and continue our programme of boundary restoration.
The timber for the Wolfson Tree Management Centre has been graded to test its structural strength. This is based on a number of factors including the type of timber, the number of knots and where the knots are.
If you’re around Didmarton Grove in Silk Wood next week, you’ll see more timber being milled by Alastair Williams.
The timber framers have moved some of the graded timbers into the new yard. They have laid these out in position so they can prepare the ends of the timber ready for joints and connections.
Elsewhere, Speller Metcalfe have been on site carrying out additional surveys for the STIHL Treetop Walkway. Work is going on behind the scenes to finalise the details ready for fabrication so we can start digging holes for the foundations.
The Walkway legs are being machined as we speak and there will be more to follow on this in the next blog!
You can also expect to see new metal estate fencing going in during May, as we replace the timber post and rail fencing which runs up the hill from Skilling Gate and along the access road towards the Forestry Commission offices. The new fencing will match the traditional estate fencing you see as you drive into the arboretum.
Sophie Nash, Project Manager