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Date published: 29th September 2020

Following the heavy rains and strong winds experienced over the weekend, Pretty Corner Woods in Sheringham is currently closed while assessment of the trees and safety work is undertaken.

North Norfolk District Council’s Rangers are on site today, clearing woodland debris from the Green Flag park after the winds caused damage to the trees within the woodland area. The rangers will remain there clearing pathways for a number of days and the woods will be closed to visitors until further notice.

Even after the weather improves, the rangers will assess the woodland site for damaged, unstable trees and hanging or brittle branches, determining which trees require further work to make the sites safe for visits.

The site has been closed to discourage walkers from entering the woodlands until the park can safely be re-opened.

Residents and visitors are advised not to visit any of the Council managed woodland sites until their safety has been assessed by North Norfolk District Council, with the exception of Holt Country Park, which has been cleared and has re-opened from this morning, with walkers encouraged to exercise strong caution when walking through the woods.

Sports, Recreation and Countryside Manager Colin Brown said:

“We cannot stress the importance of staying away from our woodlands at the present time. The public should not enter these woods until we have assessed these area and can deem them safe.

"Our rangers will be on site over the coming days assessing damage and undertaking any works to the trees that will be required. Until then it is imperative that visitors refrain from visiting Pretty Corner Woods.

"We will let residents know in due course when they can return to our wonderful woodland here in Sheringham.”

The strong winds have caused destruction to trees and woodlands around Norfolk, with many falling in to roads. You can report any issues relating to trees on or near public highways on Norfolk County Council’s website

Last updated: 29th September 2020