Fencing In Of Woodland Area

Some weeks ago the wooded area at the end of Swanley Park next to the boating lake was bought by a private individual who will now be fencing it off from the public.

The land has always been in private ownership although Swanley Town Council did attempt to purchase it some years ago for public benefit.

The new owner has been asked to do this by the Forestry Commission who have concerns over fly tipping in the wood, attempts to set fire to the trees and graffiti on trees.

The Forestry Commission will be providing grants to improve the wood and create a sustainable place for employment, including working with the new owner to provide access to organised groups such as scouts and brownies.

CEO of Swanley Town Council Mr Steve Nash said ‘the new owner has been very transparent about her intentions for the wood and it will be good to see the fly tipping taken away.

The fencing will be screened by existing tree lines and will not affect the beauty of the park once installed.

Work will begin on the fencing week beginning 8th October and should take around 3 weeks to complete.

It is not yet known how the new fence line will restrict current access to other parts of the wood which will rely on existing fence lines to prevent fly tipping.