Case study: Tree Planting

Tree planting (Monsanto)

Over the years we have planted around 1000 acres of new wood­land in the south west, rang­ing from small half acre plots, up to one exam­ple of over 200 acres.  Our ser­vice starts with advice on grant aid and usu­ally con­tin­ues for up to five years after plant­ing, to ensure suc­cess­ful establishment.

The Forestry Com­mis­sion are the main grant organ­i­sa­tion, sup­port­ing new plant­ing and regen­er­a­tion of exist­ing wood­lands through the Eng­lish Wood­land Grant Scheme.  Interim arrange­ments are in place for 2014, with plans for a new scheme due in 2015.  Many farm­ers have also used the Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Scheme for small schemes or plant­ing new hedges.  The Stew­ard­ship and Wood­land Grant schemes are expected to merge in the next round of Euro­pean fund­ing.  The Wood­land Trust also actively sup­port new plant­ing with grant aid.

Most of our plant­ing schemes have an empha­sis on native broadleaves and con­ser­va­tion, but we can also under­take more com­mer­cial conifer plant­i­ngs.  As well as choos­ing the right species for a site, tree pro­tec­tion is also impor­tant.  Tree shel­ters give a good start and keep off rab­bits, but increas­ingly taller shel­ters or deer fenc­ing need to be con­sid­ered.  After plant­ing weed­ing for the first three years is cru­cial; in grass spot spray­ing with glyphosate is often impor­tant, to pre­vent com­pe­ti­tion from grasses, espe­cially for water in dry summers.

The pho­tographs below show sev­eral dif­fer­ent plant­ing schemes, with trees at dif­fer­ent ages of estab­lish­ment.  If you are con­sid­er­ing a plant­ing scheme, please con­tact us for advice and to find the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion on grants.

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Tree spray­ing cour­tesy of Monsanto

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