Aveland Trees has been successfully planting woods and hedges for over 20 years. In that time there have been good years and not so good years, depending mainly on the amount of rainfall in the critical months of April and May. Perhaps the most difficult year was 2003 when we had virtually no rain between the beginning of March and the end of April. All trees planted in March suffered considerable losses but we were able to replace these the following season at no extra cost to the landowner.
We have developed considerable expertise in woodland planting over the past 20 years, from the straight grids of Poplar plantations to the random planting/random density required by some of the Forestry Commission’s Jigsaw WGS applications. By using stock from our own nursery we can adapt to last minute changes in design or area. Bulk buying of planting accessories means that we can pass on the savings to our customers.
The introduction of Countryside Stewardship has seen a massive increase in hedge planting. Aveland Trees currently supplies about 100 km of hedges each year of which about 30 km is planted by ourselves. Most of this is planted to the Stewardship specification of 4 plants per metre in a double row, 75% Hawthorn, 25% other native species. Most planting is done manually, but for long runs on suitable ground we have our own planting machine and compact tractor.
Our planting success is measured by the successful establishment of woods and hedges. To this end we agree a program of spraying, mowing and assessment of success. Staff hold NPTC Certificates of Competence in: Use of Pesticides PA1 and PA6A, Chainsaw level 2.