Reader’s letter: How dangerous are Bramley Fall Woods?


How dangerous are Bramley Fall Woods?

My husband and myself cycle through these woods nearly every day. More and more trees are falling down or parts of them are.

One particular tree at the moment looks to be really dangerous. Half of the tree has broken away from the trunk and is on the ground. This is where children play and dog walkers walk daily.

How no-one has been killed by these branches that keep falling off the trees in the woods is a miracle.

Trees that just fall down and branches of trees that fall off must be a danger to the people who frequent the woods. What is being done to ensure that the wood is safe for walkers and playing children?

Peggy McPhail
Concerned wood user

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  1. I walked in Bramley Fall Woods with my friend just two weeks ago and she remarked how wonderful it was to see deadfall trees and branches left in situ providing habitat for wildlife and insects – rare in these days of sanitisation and micromanagement. Last thing we want is the men with chainsaws down there lopping off branches or pollarding. Leave this as a wild space – so common in France where my friend is from yet so rare here. If you’re afraid Mother Nature might bite you on the bottom by dropping a tree on you cover yourself in bubble wrap and stay in your house.

  2. There are plenty of parks where nature is sufficiently manicured for the likes of yourself. If you cannot deal with the natural environment as it is, I suggest you visit one of the many parks available to you in Leeds. From what I understand, this natural woodland has been there since the 1700’s thus creating a continuous habitat for wildlife since then. This natural, precious, haven within the city could so easily be lost in this risk averse culture where anything other than that created by man and safety risk assessments is deemed a threat.
    I would thoroughly recommend that you also consider that this would also create a waste of taxpayer’s money, when money can be better spent elsewhere.

  3. I walk in these woods a lot, I’m pretty sure the branches only fall down when there’s a really strong wind or a storm going on. It’s probably not a good idea to be there if the weather’s really bad, but to say it’s a miracle no-one has been killed is absurd; the chances that anyone will be underneath a falling piece of tree are tiny so on the contrary it would be a terrible tragedy if anyone was hurt.


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