This small, privately-owned, 11-acre woodland in the Surrey Hills is a superb training site for felling. It features a mix of Norway Spruce and Western Hemlock, with even the ‘small fell’ trees starting around 20m / 60′ in height. The medium and large fell can be up to 30m / 100′ in size. The site is often used for windblown trees and emergency treeworks and can provide some interesting terrain to deal with as the site has streams on two sides and sloping ground to contend with.
This is a brilliant site for trainees to practice their felling cuts and learning how to deal with hung-up trees.
How to find the site:
The postcode for the site will bring you to a line of houses on one side of the road, with the houses on your right hand side drive along the road and you will come across the entrance to the Forestry Commission woodland Frillinghurst Woods (park here if you are not in a 4×4 and walk up the road to the site) or drive along another 50 metres or so, round the (slight) bend and you’ll see an area that has been cleared on the left hand side. Pull in here (4×4 access).