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Dr Gabriel E Hemery and Dr Peter Savill

We have always thought that the old mantra “The right tree in the right place” needs an extra qualification: “For the Right Reason”. The additional qualification ensures that any tree planting or management is appropriate. For example, we should not advocate planting trees that have been genetically selected for timber production in ancient semi-natural woodland, or equally plant “locally native” when you want quality timber. Although not mutually exclusive, local provenances only very rarely include tested and improved material.

The decision about which species to plant is one of the most important of all in forestry because of the long cycles involved.

An incorrect choice can result in poor health or growth, and even the failure of a crop, and certainly failing to fulfil the objectives of the planting scheme. The stresses imposed by droughts, gales, frosts, and fires, some of which will inevitably occur over a rotation of up to 150 years, could lead to serious diseases or pest outbreaks or even death if species are not well matched to the site. The one or more species selected for planting must therefore be those whose requirements throughout life are likely to be satisfied by the site and climate in question. They must also fulfil the objectives of the planting scheme. The process of species selection is done in three stages:

 

  • The Right Place: determining the characteristics of the planting site in terms of climate, soil, and other factors such as risks of browsing by deer as well as any legal and financial constraints. These characteristics are then matched to:
  • The Right Tree: deciding which species are likely to thrive in such conditions. Care should be taken to consider the quality of the planting stock and its origin. For example, a hybrid Walnut (non-native and genetically selected) would not be an appropriate choice in some locations, despite admirably meeting a final objective of growing a valuable timber. From among suitable species, those selected for planting must be chosen for:
  • The Right Reason: deciding which of one or more species satisfy the objectives of the planting scheme. Often the reasons why trees are planted are manifold. For example, you might, perhaps, be planting a landscape screen as well as providing game cover, and simultaneously growing a valuable timber crop.

The considerations to be taken into account are summarised in the diagram:

The process of selecting species for planting entails matching possible species to the characteristics of the site. Then, from among possible species, choosing those that fulfil the objectives of the planting scheme.
Sunday, 21 September 2008 14:16
Published in Woodland Design
Written by WH
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Howarth & Jepson – Fine Furnishers

Lancashire based company Howarth and Jepson, fine furnishers of Clitheroe, have launched their own uniqueEnvironmental Charter.

Jeremy and Maggie Howarth (directors of Howarth and Jepson) have joined a growing body of people concerned with the welfare of our diminishing resource – wood! By launching this Charter, which takes the form of a cash donation quating to 1% of the company’s annual sales revenue and showroom space for prototype and finished products created from local wood, they hope to succeed in closing the circle from raw material to customer and thus fulfil Woodland Heritage’s underlying charitable theme of ‘uniting the tree grower with the wood user.’

Woodland Heritage, which was established in 1993 by Peter Goodwin of furniture manufacturers Titchmarsh and Goodwin – and Lewis Scott, first came to Jeremy’s attention 8 years ago, through his contact with them in the trade. “I had an immediate affinity with this company and what it was trying to achieve. The good work that they do and their commitment to help sustain a growing legacy for future generations is to be commended. They have done much to educate the industry, customers and consumers with regards to sustainable woodland management and its end use,” said Jeremy.

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Philip Johnson, Jeremy Howarth, Andrew Berry and David Brackley.

Therefore, it will probably come as no surprise to learn that this registered charity will become one of the benefactors of the Howarth and Jepson woodland Environmental Charter. And, as a mark of mutual respect to Jeremy and others in the Lancashire area and what they are trying to achieve, Philip Johnson, from Titchmarsh and Goodwin (and thus Woodland Heritage), was on hand to receive a copy of the charter and pledge the charity’s on-going support for its future aims.

Others in attendance, who also received a copy of the charter, were Andrew Berry of H.J. Berry and Sons Ltd of Chipping and David Brackley of Lancashire Woodlands Projects, both of whom have been instrumental in many local woodland initiatives.

The Environmental Charter, created by Jeremy and Maggie Howarth, will go a long way to ensuring that these prototype products created by Berry’s of Chipping, in conjunction with the Lancashire Woodlands Projects, are given maximum public exposure within their showrooms, based on Pendle Road, Clitheroe.

As for the financial part of this Charter, it will be dedicated to woodland replanting projects and the training of arboriculturalists, which, once again, forms a major part of Woodland Heritage’s work. With their commitment to this cause, now so firmly in place, Jeremy and Maggie Howarth can, unreservedly say that they are basing the company’s ethical and environmental stance on Woodland Heritage’s motto, that of ‘Action not Words.’

 

Harry Stebbing – Furniture Maker

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Harry inspects "1+1" East Anglian oak plants which have been reserved for him.

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Harry hands over another cheque to Woodland Heritage co-founder, Peter Goodwin.

This small Norfolk company prides itself on its attention to detail and a determination to do as little harm to the environment as is possible.

Taking extraordinary care to use renewable organic oil for finishing their garden furniture and ensuring that their notice boards have internally boarded granular rubberised sheet material (made from re-cycled trainers!) are just some examples.

English Oak is their main timber which they source with much care from local estates where replanting and aftercare are second nature. But this was still not enough for Harry and Pam Stebbing. They approached Woodland Heritage to specifically plant one oak tree for every item of furniture which is sold.

“I can count on Woodland Heritage to carry out our wishes properly. Their attention to detail mirrors our own and we are happy to make regular donations to this excellent Charity”, said Harry.

Peter Goodwin

"Harry’s generous contributions are out of all proportion to the size of his business"

We have long been dismayed at the apathy of furniture retailers and timber traders – for their unwillingness to “put something back”. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY is now a by-word and I wonder whether consumers will soon withdraw their support from companies who ignore their obligations?
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Friday, 08 August 2008 16:52
Published in Woodland Design
Written by WH
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