Council's woods work wins award

NORTH Somerset Council has won a certificate from an international organisation for its work in an area of Weston that sparked outrage earlier this year. The local authority has been awarded a Forest Stewardship Council certificate for its management of W

NORTH Somerset Council has won a certificate from an international organisation for its work in an area of Weston that sparked outrage earlier this year.The local authority has been awarded a Forest Stewardship Council certificate for its management of Weston Woods.Back in February the Weston & Somerset Mercury was inundated with letters from angry residents protesting against work at the woods which left the area looking like 'a scene of devastation.'The council said it was carrying out the work, which involved felling 300 trees, to protect an ancient monument. But residents living near the woods said branches left everywhere were turning the beauty spot into an eyesore and work should be stopped.People walking their dogs in the area were also concerned that branches strewn over the floor of the woods were causing a fire hazard and making it dangerous for animals as well as children.North Somerset Councillor Deborah Yamanaka, said: "Having an independent assessment of the way we manage our woodlands from a respected body such as FSC is very important.