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Mind your "P"s

Mind your "P"s

You should not just plant a tree, walk away and hope......you need to mind your “P”s !


1. PLANNING : 

As with every successful project the key is clarifying your objectives and then doing your research.

What's your planting scheme ? What are the objectives of the planting ? Are you eventually going to produce quality timber ?

What species (Provenance) ? What spacing ? What management regime ? Succession planning – will there be continuity of management over two or three generations ?

2. PREPARATION :

Does the soil need amelioration or improvement? Spray off grass/existing ground cover to avoid smothering the young trees and competition for nutrients and light.

3. PROTECTION :

How are you going to protect the young trees from pests and avoid damage from grey squirrels, deer, rabbits, voles and ongoing competition from weeds.

4. PRUNING :

Are you going to carry out “Formative Pruning” and how often ?

5. PICKING :

When are you going to pick your final crop trees ? You need to thin out the weaker trees of poor form and give your winners the best environment to realise full Potential.

6. PRUNING :

Are you going to “High Prune” your final crop trees and if so when and how frequently ?

7. PATIENCE :

You are growing the trees for the generations that will follow you. Recognise that it is a long term Pursuit.

8. PRODUCE :

Harvest the selected trees, Process, Plank in a sawmill, dry and then resaw and Plane ... enjoy the most beautiful, natural and renewable raw material available to mankind.

9. PLOUGH :

Plough back some of the Profits into re-planting for future generations.   Try to ensure that what you do is sustainable over the long term.


Other educational leaflets are available on request covering Formative and High Pruning techniques, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

This information was taken from our 2016 Woodland Heritage Journal, a PDF of this can be downloaded here.

Last modified onSunday, 27 November 2016 10:29

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