Forestry Commission publications on vegetation management

Vegetation management

Cover of Field Book 8The Use of Herbicides in the Forest

Provides detailed, comprehensive, practical guidance on all aspect of herbicide use in British forestry. In conjunction with product labels, this provides the primary source of advice for practitioners contemplating herbicide use within forests.

By Ian Willoughby and Jim Dewar.

Forestry Commission Field Book 8.


Cover of Field Book 14Herbicides for Farm Woodlands and Short Rotation Coppice

Extends the advice for woodland creation situations, where weed growth can be particularly problematic.

By Ian Willoughby and David Clay.

Forestry Commission Field Book 14.

Herbicides for farm woodlands and short rotation coppice - main sections (PDF-3843K)
Herbicides for farm woodlands and short rotation coppice - appendices (PDF-3175K)
Please note that these PDF files form an integral whole, and should always be downloaded and read in conjunction with each other.

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Cover of Field Book 15Weed Control in Christmas Tree Plantations (PDF-2287K)

Gives detailed recommendations for herbicide programmes in horticultural Christmas tree production.

By Ian Willoughby and Colin Palmer.

Forestry Commission Field Book 15.

Hard copy version of 'Weed Control in Christmas Tree Plantations'


Cover of Technical Paper 28Herbicide Update (PDF-1695K)

Updates the information in Forestry Commission Field Book 8 and complements the specialist information published in Field Book 14 and Field Book 15. Explains relevant changes in legislation and approved products.

By Ian Willoughby and David Clay.

Forestry Commission Technical Paper 28.


Cover of Handbook 8Establishing Farm Woodlands

Summarises the silvicultural principles behind new woodland creation on fertile, lowland sites.

By David Williamson.

Forestry Commission Handbook 8.


Cover of Handbook 2Trees and Weeds: Weed Control for Successful Tree Establishment

A detailed examination of the different ways in which weeds affect young trees.

By Richard Davies.

Forestry Commission Handbook 2.

Out of print - please contact our Research Information Service if you wish to see a copy of this publication.


Cover of Research Information Note 288Cultivation of Lowland Sites for New Woodland Establishment (PDF-2346K)

By Ian Willoughby and Andy Moffat.

Forestry Commission Research Information Note 288


Cover of Research Information Note 274Noxious Weeds (PDF-2718K)

By Ian Willoughby.

Forestry Commission Research Information Note 274


Cover of Weeding Young Trees - Avoiding TroubleWeeding Young Trees – Avoiding Trouble (PDF-1091K)

By Ian Willoughby.

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Reducing herbicide inputs

Cover of Practice Guide 15Reducing Pesticide Use in Forestry (PDF-2973K)

Covering pest, disease, vegetation and wildlife management, and based on the latest research, this publication guides managers in assessing the impact of any problem and selecting a non chemical solution. If pesticide use is unavoidable, it should help managers keep chemical use to the minimum level necessary consistent with good practice, while at the same time reducing risk of damage to the environment.

This guide forms an important companion to Forestry Commission Field Book 8 - The Use of Herbicides in the Forest, and should be essential reading for any manager entering into UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) certification.

By Ian Willoughby.

Forestry Commission Practice Guide 15.

Hard copy version of 'Reducing Pesticide Use in Forestry'


Cover of Forestry Commission Technical Note 16Using dye markers to reduce pesticide use (PDF-610K)

By Ian Willoughby.

Forestry Commission Technical Note 16.

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Direct seeding

Cover of Practice Guide 16Creating New Broadleaved Woodland by Direct Seeding (PDF-647K)

Provides detailed practical recommendations on the silviculture of creating new woodlands by direct sowing.

By Ian Willoughby, Richard Jinks, Peter Gosling and Gary Kerr.

Forestry Commission Practice Guide 16.

Hard copy version of 'Creating New Broadleaved Woodland by Direct Seeding'


Cover of Forestry Commision Information Note 84The Potential for Direct Seeding of Birch on Restock Sites (PDF-386K)

Guidance on the current potential for using direct seeding to establish upland birch woodland on upland restock sites.

By Ian Willoughby, Alan Harrison, Richard Jinks, Peter Gosling, Ralph Harmer and Gary Kerr.

Forestry Commision Information Note 84.

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