Headley chosen as site for new herbicide field trial

News from Forest Research: April 2008

Spraying herbicide at Headley nurseryA new herbicide field trial at Forest Research’s nursery in Headley will be treating woody weeds with a range of herbicide mixes. The results will be assessed and analysed over the next 12 months by Forest Research’s Technical Services Unit (TSU) for a commercial client.

Such trials must be carried out under strictly controlled conditions, and Forest Research’s nursery at Headley provides over 6 ha of flat, free-draining soil with full irrigation, flexible power supplies and fencing to exclude deer and rabbits. With its close proximity to skilled staff and research expertise at Alice Holt, Headley Nursery is an ideal location for complex, field-based research, providing more controlled conditions than would be possible in a conventional forest setting.

Forest Research is also certified by the Pesticide Safety Directorate (PSD) (now the Chemicals Regulation Directorate) to undertake efficacy testing of pesticides on site and all such work is subject to Quality Assurance standards.

Anyone seeking further details of facilities and services offered at Headley Nursery should contact Mark Oram, TSU Field Station Manager.                     

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This and other news stories can be found in the April 2008 issue of FR Eye, our online newsletter.