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Re: Alternative extraction/conversion etc

Subject: Re: Alternative extraction/conversion etc
From: Jerry Ross
Date: Dec 09 2008 06:29:45 wrote:
In a message dated 08/12/2008 18:20:38 GMT Standard Time, writes:

But  seriously, isn't this a sound thing for everyone to be  doing?

I'd've said so, what species are you planting Jerry? And who sells 100 1+1s? I wouldn't have thought it would have been worth their while sticking them in a bag!
There's a local nursery (Parks Farm Forest Nursery) that grows & sells a good range of locally grown transplants...
Anybody got any thoughts on alternative coppice species? Other than Ash I mean. I've been burning some Alder recently, cut from the shoals on the River Don. Removed in the cause of getting Jon Tesh (in Doncaster) flooded more quickly. I've been quite impressed with its burning characteristics.
Well ash does very well here (on a good rich silty soil) so that's the bulk of what I'm putting in. Also some oak for the longer term and birch for the short. And some sycamore, which is probably more productive than anything (though it's an odd thing to buy - should've grown them myself really, but they're only a few pence each...). As for other species, Italian alder was suggested... grows well, pretty well anywhere; no idea how it coppices, but if it's like its native cousin it should be OK. And how about red oak? A fast grower and a good enough firewood.

I've often pondered whether stuff like False Acacia might do OK on spoil heaps, as well as providing coppice wood, it might rapidly improve poor soil it being a nitrogen fixing legume and what have you. I'd be interested to know what any others of might think/have experienced.
People (well, William Cobbett anyway) have been trying to popularise Robinia for ages... Then I seem to recall there was a bit of a craze for trying out southern beech (N. procera & obliqua) a few decades ago. They never seem to have caught on, but then forestry as a whole has hardly been thriving in recent years... But who knows, climate change might encourage a bit more variety in planting.

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