Natural regeneration can broadly be defined as raising a forest crop without resorting to planting, direct sowing or coppicing. It is the random nature of exactly where young trees spring up on a site and sometimes of the species which grow that marks out natural regeneration, not freedom from man’s influence. Indeed, many naturally regenerated stands are highly artificial, being the result of frequent intervention before, during and after the regeneration phase to achieve specific well-defined ends. The bulk of natural regeneration concerns raising high forest from seed directly from parent trees. Occasionally stems arising from sucker growth or recruited by singling and storing coppice shoots are a useful supplement to growth from seed or an appropriate system in their own right. They are mentioned briefly.
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