Owners planting wider range of trees
Woodland owners are diversifying the species of trees being planted to combat the threat of climate change, ash dieback and damage from grey squirrels, according to a new survey.
The Insight Report from the Royal Forestry Society found nearly half of respondents are already planting a wider range of tree species than they were five years ago. Of those who were not, 63% are actively planning to do so in the next five years.
Sixty different species are being planted to mitigate threats to tree resilience. Among popular broadleaved varieties listed were wild service tree, cherry, field maple, hornbeam and lime, alongside non-natives such as sweet chestnut and black walnut. Other owners were planting more exotic alternatives, such as eucalyptus (pictured), Italian alder and southern beech. Among the 20 conifer species mentioned, timberproducing species such as Douglas fir were most popular. Chinese fir and swamp cypress were also being tried.