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.

Wild Bullace or Wintercrack Plum

The Wintercrack Plum, Prunus insititia, is often considered a native shrub to Britain. It grows readily from seed to produce a suckering bush similar to Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, but without the spines and with an edible fruit.

Thinning by Girdling

Trees can be quickly ring-barked by holding a chainsaw against the tree at waist height and cutting through the bark as you walk around the tree

Why Should I Thin Young Woodlands?

If a young wood was left unthinned the first trees to be crowded out would be the slower growing species such as Oak. Other trees would grow tall but spindly as they competed for the available sunlight.

Ring Barking and Felling Licences

The Forestry Act of 1967 allows up to 5 cubic metres of timber to be felled in each calendar quarter without a licence,. In addition dead trees do not require a licence to be felled at all.

Management of Young Woodlands

Many new broad-leaved woodlands have been planted over the past thirty years with financial help from a variety of Forestry Commission grant schemes.

Weevil Damage on Young Trees

This Spring I have come across a severe infestation of Phyllobius weevils on a newly planted woodland site.

Spray Damage on Young Hedgerows

Every May I get phone calls from farmers to say that their young hedges are looking a bit sickly and do I know what the problem might be. The answer is nearly always the same.