This project aims to investigate the effects of intense early competition and the associated period of restricted growth on the wood properties of Sitka spruce crops that have been established via natural regeneration (a potentially cost-effective alternative to replanting on some sites).
- To examine the wood properties that are important for the production of wood-based forest products in naturally regenerated Sitka spruce.
- To determine the potential advantages and disadvantages of using natural regeneration in forests grown to produce timber products.
Results so far
Data are currently being analysed and results are expected to be published during 2017.
- Wood stiffness, strength and density testing
- Acoustic velocity testing (predicts stiffness)
- X-ray densitometry (ring width and within-ring density)
- Ecological Site Classification (ESC) Decision Support System
- Managing for Timber Quality Decision Support System
- Wood Properties & Uses of Sitka Spruce in Britain
- Sitka spruce
Funders and partners
Forest Research and the University of Aberdeen (Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences) are partners in this project which is funded by the Forestry Commission’s Forest Products Research Programme, (Wood and Timber Properties).
Forestry Commission policy
This work will support:
- FC Scotland policy: The Scottish timber industry and Scotland's timber resources, particularly via The timber development programme
- FC England policy: Protecting, improving and expanding England's woodland resource
- Welsh Government policy: Woodlands for Wales