Forestry England defends 'eyesore' logs to stop verge parking near Lyndhurst
FORESTRY England has defended using “eyesore” logs daubed with luminous paint to deter parking close to felling work near Lyndhurst.
The “no parking” logs were spotted on verges by Lyndhurst resident Annie Braisher, who said: “What a welcome to our number one national park!”
Describing them as an “eyesore”, she told the A&T: “Forestry England should be providing adequate car parks for the ever-increasing people who love to visit.
“They are also putting up ‘no cycling’ signs galore. The Forest is supposed to be for all.”
A spokesperson for Forestry England said the signs were needed as gateways provided “vital access” for Forestry England’s vehicles and staff.
She added: “Felling work began on 7th February in Denny Inclosure and Matley Ridge and the logs have been put in place to ensure this route is kept clear for machinery working on site and emergency vehicles.”
Contractors for Forestry England will be working at the locations for around five weeks to remove conifer trees planted in 1971.
The spokesperson added: “The aim of the felling work is driven by the desire to restore the area, to allow it to begin its development back to more natural habitat that will, in the long-term, be opened up for commoning animals to graze.
“Also, by linking open habitats and making them bigger, they will become more robust and resilient in the future.”