We are linking up with Woodland Trust, Defra, Forest Research and Cardiff University to help fund research into factors affecting the cause and spread of ash dieback disease, and offering our tree stock to help with the investigations.
We have a number of tree planting initiatives to help offset biodiversity lost due to work we’ve carried out.
In the Avon Gorge on the Portishead railway line there are six rare species of whitebeam trees on the cliffs above the River Avon that can’t be found anywhere else. We have to manage these carefully.
The biggest trees on the network are an avenue of coast redwoods (sequoias) either side of the railway near Bradford on Avon station, which are likely to date back to when the railway was built in the 1830s.