What are the main maintenance tasks?
There are a number of maintenance task that will need to be carried out, these include:
- Maintain weed-free areas around the trees
- Replacing failed trees
- Maintaining the deer/stock fencing
- Herbivore control
For additional information and contract requirements see Woodland Creation (ruralpayments.org)
Planting to felling
The optimum time between planting to felling will depend on type of tree and growth rate. The better suited a tree is to the ground, the better it will grow (see planning and design section). Thinning improves the quality of the crop, increases stability and provides a regular income stream.
Have a forestry consultant out to look at the woodland and assess management options.
Useful information includes:
- Woodland creation, management & conservation support - Farm Advisory Service (fas.scot)
- Highlands & Islands Woodland Handbook. For crofters, communities and small woodland owners.