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When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.

Thomas Carlyle

SC Forestry

Forestry, Conservation, Land Management.

Southern Counties Forestry

Conservation:

After many years of successfully completing forestry operations and gaining a name for our low impact and tidy methodical work on sensitive sites we were increasingly being asked to undertake conservation work on SSSI’s. As a result this now forms a large part of our work, in the winter months we clear scrubs from heathlands, wetlands and grasslands. These sites often need herbicide application during the summer months to control scrub re-growth such as Rhododendron and young Birch trees.

Heathland Restoration.

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Heathland often need areas of trees and scrub cleared from them to stop the area turning into woodland therefore loosing the heather and wildlife which is associated with it.

We can clear all types of scrub from small trees using brush cutters to large trees using chainsaws or harvesting machines. All arisings can then be burnt or chipped and removed from site.

Tree & Hedge Planting.

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Herbicide Application.

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When looking after heathland or grassland controlling the scrub while at a spray-able size can save undertaking a big scrub clearance job costing many times more and risking disturbing rare habitat.

Using a carefully applied selective or non selective herbicide almost any scrub species is controllable.

Coppicing.

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There are many areas of over stood coppice in the south of England.

We can coppice these areas provide a parcel of firewood to offset the cost of the operation and then protect the re-growth against deer grazing to allow for good useable hazel for hurdle making.

Rhododendron removal.

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Knot (live & dead)...

A live knot is the base of a living branch that is incorporated in the timber.

A dead knot is the remains of a dead branch that has been left in the timber.

Reed Planting.

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As part of our work to restore old gravel pits we have established reed beds around the new lakes to help stabilize the new banks and provide habitat for wildlife.


This was achieved by taking cuttings from locally sourced reed beds and planting the cuttings in groups in the desired location. These areas are then fenced to protect the reeds from wildfowl.

We supply and plant all types and sizes of trees with the appropriate protection and support. Ie. a 20 - 40cm Oak tree protected with a 1.2m tube supported with a stake.

We are increasingly using cell grown plants as they have many benefits over bare root plants for only a small increase in cost.

For smaller projects we recommend planting standards or heavy standards which may be around 10ft tall, for an instant affect.

Rhododendron has been allowed to overtake many heathlands leaving them impenetrable and of no use for conservation.

We use a mixture of mulching, rake and burn and hand cutting to clear these areas so they can once again be of benefit to wildlife.