We have no problem at all with the appropriate management of the woods and the sssI site We want to see it brought back to life with more wildlife and a far greater Biodifiation from micro microorganisms , insects, birds, small and large mammals, flowers and trees. We also would like to see it brought back to native species but to do this in a responsible caring way would take at least 40 years. The trees need to be thinned to let the light in and let the ground develope ,this needs to be done in a way that will not put the rest in danger of wind felling . A number of trees were planted as a commercial crop and are coming to the end of their natural life these need to be removed in a sensitive manner. The main road through the woods will need to be looked at and repaired to allow some traffic through and for public safety. Of cause there would some increase in traffic but it should be managed to keep its impact to a minimum
If these woods are developed as some would like the road would need to be upgraded hugly to allow the large number of logging wagons access ,the exit at green gate car park would need to be changed or another exit developed .If green gate is used the T junction would have to be massively developed to allow the wagons to turn or as i said a new exit developed . Traffic along one of the roads leaving the woods would have to increase to allow visitors and wagons in and out, so those roads would need to be upgraded
A cafe and Visitor center Is a fantastic idea but on adjacent land not in the woods, land could be used for an world class Woodland management education center as well as access education for toddlers to PHD students . eco tourism could be encouraged. A farm shop, work shops an office Green wood studios / workshops and fantastic Full apprenticeship offered not for6/8/12/16 week or one year but the kind that would get some one a job anywhere in the country .BUT LEAVE THE WOODS ALONE.
It has been suggested to me that a visitor center like the one in Billingham Beck would be a good Model I am from Billingham and know that the one their is fed from a duel carriageway.
If we have a V.C. and cafe in the woods they will need to make money there are not the numbers in the woods to allow for that so attractions would be needed to bring people in .Where will they park ,who and how will the attractions be developed and how will they be paid for will it be timber or borrowed money Do you want a wild life reserve somewhere you can be proud or or a commercial woodland were the price of everything is known but the value of nothing is