Planting Elms in the British Countryside

Every young elm tree grown from seed is genetically unique, so these trees should be widely planted throughout the British countryside.

Species for Woodland Planting

When a woodland is planted the choice of species will be critical to the future of that wood

Nursery Wood

Nursery Wood is 1.1 hectares in size. It was planted in 2008, next to my tree nursery that grows native trees and shrubs, to demonstrate best practice in the establishment of multi purpose broadleaved woodland.

Grey Squirrels in Young Woodlands

The damage that grey squirrels can do to young trees has been widely documented and the different methods of control (principally shooting and trapping) have also been discussed. My observations in a small mixed woodland point to a silvicultural solution to the problems of squirrel damage to young trees. Nursery Wood was planted in 2008 […]

Alternative Countryside Hedges

A 21st century hedge does not need to be stockproof, but it needs to be the best for wildlife and to look good.

RFS Excellence in Forestry Award

We are proud to say that our Nursery Wood has won the Gold Award in the 2017 Royal Forestry Society Excellence in Forestry competition. The Awards ceremony took place at Grimsthorpe Park on 14th July.

Planting New Countryside Hedges

There are now two new reasons for planting hedges in the countryside. Firstly to maintain the traditional pattern of the landscape and secondly for their wildlife value.

Managing Chalara; Ash Die Back Disease

Ash trees are a natural part of the British flora and Chalara is a naturally occurring fungal disease. It is difficult to see why man should be getting involved, particularly as the native Ash population seems so well equipped to deal with the problem by itself.

Planting woods as a crop or as an ecosystem

For many years new woodlands in Britain have been planted as a crop. An assessment is made to determine the most suitable species of tree to plant with regard to the soil type, climate and likely return from the mature timber.  Usually just one species was planted to simplify management of the crop; after all […]

Where to Plant a Wood

Many sites are suitable for woodland planting; arable fields, grass paddocks etc.