WATCH: Drone footage capture mass tree felling at beauty spot

These drone photographs show the scale of tree felling taking place at a beauty spot near the Black Country.

Tree felling in progress
Tree felling in progress

Large clearings can be seen in small pine forests at Kinver, near the Dudley border.

The land is owned by a private company and the work is totally legal.

Motorists and members of the public driving past have been surprised to see clearings in the wood.

Aerial photographs, taken from a drone by the Express & Star, shows different locations of the forest.

One photograph was taken off the A458 Bridgnorth Road near the Fox Inn Pub. The pub's building can be seen to the left.

The other photograph was taken from Great Checkhill Road, at the other end of the forest, about two-and-a-half miles away.

Tree felling in progress

It is believed the trees were planted some 30 years ago and some are now being harvested.

Pine trees are a popular species to grow in commercial forests.

They regularly grow between 50 to 100 feet and take 25 to 30 years to reach maturity.

Forestry England, which is subsidised by the Government, also grows pine trees in its commercial forests, like Cannock Chase.

Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, ward councillor for Kinver, said the trees were planted 25 to 30 years ago and some are now being harvested.

"We have received a number of enquiries from people about this," he said. "They are a bit surprised it has happened. It is all legal."

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