Woodland management

woodland creation

Creating woodlands

Expanding woodland within the New Forest through natural regeneration or planting is important as it:

  • buffers existing woodland
  • provides new habitat for woodland specialists
  • links patches of remnant and isolated woodland.

Site preference

Owners should consider having a detailed survey conducted prior to planting trees in a new habitat and should consider the presence of archaeology, structural amenities such as pipes and cables, value of existing habitat, landscape impact and legal responsibilities.

Natural regeneration or planting?

Natural regeneration is the preferred and least expensive option and will produce a diverse mix of age groups and structures.

Weeding and maintenance

Grass and weed growth can be dealt with by using either herbicides or a mulch. Grass should never be mowed around trees as this only encourages growth.

Pest Control

A range of herbivores will attempt to browse the newly established trees and thin bark unless protection is provided. Trees can be protected with spiral guards, tree shelters or fencing

A more detailed fact sheet on woodland creation can be downloaded here.

  1. Introduction
  2. Creating woodlands (you are here)
  3. Introduction to coppicing
  4. How to coppice
  5. Pollarding introduction
  6. How to pollard
  7. Ash tree dieback
  8. Grown in Britain


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