Kelston Park, Kelston Road, Kelston, Bath
The trees proposed for felling and other associated works form part of a dense section of woodland belt (Tennant’s Wood) within the Green Belt and Cotswolds AONB. The woodland itself is identified as part of a wider Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI). The wood can be dated to the late 19th century but also appears to occupy the same site as the earlier, mid-18th century ‘Kelveston Woods’. The woodland additionally forms an important aspect of the setting of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path which runs east-west into the city; the path remains relatively well-enclosed on both sides by mature tree planting with glimpsed views out to the south towards the River Avon.
As part of this application, it appears that the tree works would be focused on trees along the southernmost boundary of the woodland, but it is unclear as to whether there would be any associated impact on the appearance and enclosed character of the public cycle path. Where possible, we encourage that this enclosing canopy is sustained and enhanced for the long term. Where necessary, it may be prudent to balance tree removal/felling works with the planting of new native specimens.