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Handling Plants for Successful Planting

Good forest performance begins with the use of high quality plants from a nursery. From this point forward, the Forestry Commission needs to make sure that plants are treated with care and respect in order to minimise any deterioration in their condition before planting. Trees that are planted in weed-free cultivated sites will grow better and this will help them resist browsing and weevil damage. The establishment of sensitive species such as Douglas fir, pine and larch will benefit from close attention to detail.

The aim of this booklet is therefore to provide guidance to Forestry Commission managers who are planning new planting and restocking programmes. Forestry Commission managers should make sure that plants survive and grow well, and this booklet covers the key points that need to be addressed leading up to and including the planting stage.