Own­ers plant­ing wider range of trees

The Field - - Opening Shots -

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.

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