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The last pine standing to be felled

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The loud cry of timber will be heard in Essex on December 9 2012 when the Forestry Commission puts an axe to the very last pine tree in Chalkney wood, near Earls Colne, Essex.

Felling the tree will be international tree expert Professor Oliver Rackham OBE who has worked closely with the Forestry Commission to restore this ancient wood.  The felling of the last pine tree brings to an end a long period of restoration that signifies Chalkney wood is now broadleaved woodland. It is, however, just the beginning of a long and gentle phase of the wood reclaiming itself as an ancient semi-natural environment.

The only coniferous trees that remain in Chalkney after the felling will be the dead ones retained for the benefit of the wildlife.

The restoration of Chalkney wood by the Forestry Commission would not have been possible without the support of Natural England, Essex County Council, and the many contractors who have harvested the crop of trees over the years.

To mark the felling of the last pine in Chalkney wood local media are invite to the event at 10:30 on Friday December 9th meeting at the Forestry Commission's car park. The tree will be cut at 11:00 followed by a brief walk of the site guided by Professor Rackham.

For further information and to confirm attendance contact Simon Leatherdale, Beat Forester, Sandlings Forest on 07879 433926 or 01394 632102. (

Notes to editors

More information about Chalkney Wood can be found at the following websites.

The Forestry Commission Website:

The Woodland Trust Website:

The Colne Valley Website:

The Wild Essex Website:

Media contact:
Roger Woods on 01842 816033.