As part of the current environmental stewardship scheme, which is now in its last year, Staffordshire County Council will be undertaking a relatively small amount of bracken spraying in Oldacre Valley where it has begun to re-invade heathland and grassy areas on the southern slopes of the lower valley reaches. In addition, they also plan to carry out a more extensive area of bracken control in the more remote East Sherbrook Banks area, to keep it from overshadowing the heather, bilberry and grassland habitats present there (see maps attached).

Advance warning notices of the operations will be erected in car parks nearby and there will be warning signs and information notices (see copies attached) present around the working areas during the treatment works. The required statutory notifications of this work taking place have been submitted and the County Council will only use experienced and qualified contractors to undertake the work, using an herbicide that has been used safely on the Chase and in the wider countryside for many years without harm to people, their pets or wildlife.

Late July and August are the only months where this treatment can be effectively used and the decision to wait until August is to ensure the avoidance of any impact upon ground-nesting birds in the heathland and grassland areas.

Relevant documents
SITE NOTICE – Bracken Control on Cannock Chase Country Park 1, July 2018. A4
Advance Warning 1 – Bracken Treatment 2018
East Sherbrook – Bracken treatment area
Oldacre Valley – Bracken spraying area