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Re: Natives vs future

Subject: Re: Natives vs future
From: steve vessey
Date: Oct 25 2020 13:25:59
Right tree in the right place for the right reason, yes natives have a very
important part to play,  though the use of exotics cannot be ruled out.
I'd say you've certainly future proofed the woodland creation by adding a
good mix of both and hedging your bets.

Have you checked the ESC -Ecological Site Classification by Forest
Research? This is a great tool for checking on the correct species for
anywhere in the country based on grid reference. You can also tailor it to
the specifics in soil type by digging soil pits around the site and
altering the information within ESC to get a better idea.

Have you applied for a Woodland Creation management plan to help with the
siting and species? If so there may be grant funding available to help
toward the cost of soil sampling.

One species that seems to have been omitted from your list is sycamore? Was
this intentional, are you expecting it to come in naturally and allow to
for part of the mix? Love it or hate it, the sycamore will be the savour of
many sites traditionally dominated by ash.

My thoughts would be discussing the concerns from the AONB & LA and
designing a planting mix which ticks the boxes for all concerned. The
general public don't usually know the difference in species composition - a
tree is a tree?

Good luck

Steve



On Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 08:50 Brynley Andrews, <brynley.andrews@xxxxxx.com>
wrote:

Dear all

I am involved in a large scale farm woodland planting scheme.

The FC favour high performance carbon/timber/eco species, and the ANOB/LA
landscape planners favour traditional species to form traditional landscape
features.

There is considerable overlap potential but the FC seem to be more inline
with modern thinking. And arguably the LA/ANOB are part of the old failed
model.

Also, The landowner intends to eventually run a sawmill on the Eatate.

I am proposing a highly diverse mix of 50/50 exotics & natives as suits the
soil/climate/objectives - with special emphasis on targeting habitat for
priority fauna species.

It is a fun project & I welcome your input.

Thanks

Brynley

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Brynley Arboriculturist / urban forester



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