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Are sycamore trees the best wind-breaks for seaside West Highlands?

Are sycamore trees the best wind-breaks for seaside West Highlands?
Posted by: ship69 (IP Logged)
Date: December 16, 2015 16:36


Hello

What trees would you recommend to plant to act as a seaside wind break in the West Highlands of Scotland?

The trees need to:
- Resist salt spray from the sea
- Not break/fall over in strong winds
- Grow reasonably quickly

The soil will be fairly acidic (peat/sand). There will be heavy rainfall. The ground is bumpy / rocky but the rocks are not very alkaline - the local water has always been very soft, certainly. Mostly the ground is slightly raised and so should drain reasonably well. In places it may be rather boggy. The trees will be planted inside a deer-proof fence.

Background
We have a small farm very near the sea, in a pretty exposed place in the West Highlands of Scotland, that currently has mostly sycamores growing on it. The young sycamores seem to grow fairly fast, however the adult trees seem to get quite 'leggy' and a lot of the more exposed upper branches seem to be dying. The trees are in the grounds of a big old house. In the last few years we have lost a lot of the bigger older trees to storm damage. We have tried pollarding some of the upper branches, which has helped somewhat. The presence of trees does slightly help shelter the main house itself from storm damage.

Other species growing locally oak, scots pine, silver birch, copper beech tree, rhododendron, spruce, holly, hazelnut.... We have been told that willow could be good for biomass, if we want to do that at some point (we're not sure).

Should we carry on with sycamores - as a wind break?

Many thanks

J

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