The health and well being of woodlands rely on active management for the woods themselves to thrive and to provide the full range of social, economic and environmental functions it is evident we expect of them as a society. We expect woodlands to be stable components of local landscapes, home for woodland flora and fauna, places for recreation, sources of timber, filtering the air we breathe, capturing atmospheric carbon and giving us areas of beauty and inspiration.
With excellent public and political focus on the desirability of planting, it can be easy to forget that planting trees is just the beginning of a woodland, with a whole series of tasks required for woods are to achieve their natural maturity. Trimming and thinning is an essential element to make sure the forest can attain full maturity.
Many "secondary woodlands" woodlands that have sprung up due to people neglecting unused land, this is a popular woodland type in the UK today. However, such forests are often even-aged, and without intervention, they can struggle to achieve a healthy mixed age structure. However, accurate selective thinning controls the spread of grey squirrels and deer numbers, so they can accelerate at a sustainable rate. Indeed, without such management, many woodlands would fail and become unusable.
Even in mature woodlands, to keep it flourishing one needs to maintain it so that it reaches full maturity because even woods need to be looked after and kept in good health. In doing so, they can provide an environment for the broadest range of native woodland flora and fauna and a safe and welcoming environment for people who visit us and work in woodlands.
What is Your woodland Plan?
Whatever job you must do to your woodland you need to do plan in advance to avoid unnecessary maintenance and replanting later.
In your woods, you probably need a pass or make way for your Polaris Ranger or ATV or a kid’s quad to pass through, so you need to prune do some minor thinning of the undergrowth.
• Ideally you should plan at least 2 years in advance, to manage woodland density, quality and reforestation and to grow seedlings. If you want to develop a nature reserve or create a wildlife haven, you will need to consider coarse woody debris and trees for nesting. On the other-hand a forest or woodland you need to mix species, landscape views, big trees, or mid sized trees. You also need the correct size hedge trimmer or hedge flail. You also need to consider your compact tractor attachments the size of the flail or verge flail either HVFL105, HVFL125 verge flail. Farmmaster FL115H flail or FL125H. HHFL 1000 hedge flail or the giraffe hedge cutter.
• Even timber harvesting involves many steps—you need to schedule, contracts arrange and deliver products.
The necessary steps involved consist of:
1; What woodland plans do you have? Do you want to create a nest egg for your retirement, create a natural reserve, provide timber or increase the varieties of wildlife?
2; First you need to realize what condition your woodland is in. so You need to consider the impact on the current ecosystem, note the volume, density of the infrastructure for the wildlife.
3; It can be a huge task, which you need to envision, so manage the woodland into small areas.
4; Next, once you have decided on the zones you need to consider what activities, compact tractor attachments, the timescale, how to achieve the objectives, and who will do it.