Whatever your reasons for owning woodland or forest, Treeworks Cornwall can help you meet your objectives and manage your woodland in the most beneficial way. Below are some examples of how we can manage your woodland or forest.
Coppicing is an ancient system of woodland management. Trees are cut close to the ground on a regular cycle. They regrow from dormant buds at the base of the stump (known as the stool) to create dense stands of multi-stemmed trees. The new stems grow back faster to provide a sustainable timber supply rather than harvesting more mature, thicker branches.
Pollarding is the regular cutting of upper branches to encourage regrowth of dense foliage at the top of the tree. The cut branches can be used for firewood, building materials and other coppice products. Pollarded branches were traditionally used for animal fodder. Opening up the canopy in this way increases woodland light levels and benefits ground flora while making it more productive for grazing.
Formative pruning is the management of young trees in order to manipulate their shape as they grow. The desired shapes and methods of pruning depend on the tree species and your objectives. The most valuable trees for timber have long, straight, branch-free stems.
Thinning is the removal of some trees or parts of trees within woodland. As the trees reach 10-15 years old, they begin to compete for space, light and nutrients and growth starts to slow. Thinning makes sure that the best trees grow at the fastest rate, allowing a more diverse woodland structure and helping to futureproof the landscape.
Contact us to discuss managing your woodland or forest.
New woodland and forest creation
We also offer advice on planting; protection and maintenance of young trees; planting design and species choice. Contact us to discuss tree planting.