C Gilchrist—Skeffington Wood, Leics (Feb 2003 to present)

A 20-year management plan

Overview

Production of 20-year management plan for 30 ha of oak, ash, hazel woodland (as SSSI and ASNW) and delivery through contractors with grant support. Design of an understorey hazel coppicing programme across 9 ha and management on a 9-year rotation for hedge laying / thatching products; maintenance of the rare woodland ground flora and bird nesting habitat in liaison with Natural England. Management of high forest stands through carefully timed operations to avoid bird nesting season whilst protecting woodland soils from damage and compaction. Selection of low ground pressure machinery and low impact harvesting methods. Economic timber production for balance of maintenance costs.

 

Key Features

  • 20-year management plan for 30 ha of oak, ash and hazel woodland
  • Carefully timed operations to avoid bird nesting season

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