Archive for tag: Woodland

Forest Walk

A gorgeous autumn day provided the perfect backdrop for a walk around the Hartwoodmyres forest plantation.

Some of the younger spruce trees that have been planted.


Looking down an internal line of the forest plantation.  The forest is so deep with these mature trees, very little light gets in and when you call out there is an impressive echo!


We spotted these bright jewels of a toadstool on the fringes of the forest.  There were quite a few of them nestled in the moss between the rows of trees.  I believe they are a type of Amanita fungi but will seek clarification on this.  The scene was reminiscent of a pixie cartoon.  (admin note: We have secured identification on these fungi! Thanks to First Nature: they are Russula emetica - The Sickener)




The Yarrow (Achillia millefolium) was still flowering.


Not sure what type of bumble bee this is but at least it was putting the Ragwort to good use! #HappyPolinators


Where they harvest the trees, it does look like a scar on the landscape but it is remarkable just how quickly new trees are planted and the speed of their growth.



The Heather (Calluna vulgaris) has finished it's purple display of flowers and now hosts dew covered cobwebs.


The timber harvest is stacked up ready to go.


We lost count of all the logs!


Knapweed was growing and flowering on the verge of the track.


Larch, Cedar + Pine Wood

A customer recently emailed us about planting a Larch, Cedar and Pine woodland. Here's his question:

"Hi, I have about 2 acres which i would like to create into a wood
could you advise which of the above trees would be the fastest growing, and expected grouth rate, and the quantity required for 2 acres.
Also the size of trees you could supply and price."

We can't confirm which of the 3 trees would be the fastest growing as it would depend upon your conditions/light etc. However we have found the larch and pine are pretty fast growers. Bear in mind that Larch, Corsican and Scots Pine are light demanders. For amenity woodland we would recommend you break your area down to scale on some paper into 3mx3m boxes and plant one tree per box.

All of our trees are young 1-2 year old trees. They are of good hardy quality, Scottish grown from UK seed stock and are grown in Rootrainers, which are a bit like large plug plants so this means they can be planted year round. If you are planting a wood, we would recommend that you don't plant during a dry summer as the species do need water to grow and establish.

Forestry Survey 2012 - Help shape the future of our forests

Defra, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has launched a Forestry survey in the process of developing a Government Response to the Independent Panel on Forestry. They want your views and ideas on more woodland created in or near your community, what would encourage you to visit your local woodland more and if you buy British timber products.

The Independent Panel on Forestry’s report was published on 4 July 2012. It contained over 30 detailed recommendations covering a wide range of issues, including
•    The creation of new woodland;
•    The management of existing woodland;
•    Tree health and woodland resilience;
•    The contribution of trees, woods and forests to the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic sustainability;
•    Promoting the wider use of wood;
•    The role of an ecosystems services approach in providing a true valuation of England’s woodland assets;
•    The future role of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Services ; and
•    The future ownership and management of the public forest estate

To take part in this online survey, click here