Alternative management

natural regeneration

In the future, for operational as well as amenity reasons, it is probable that management techniques may change from the standard, plant and harvest (or plant, thin and harvest) at 2.0 m spacing. The choice of strategy must produce timber that can satisfy end-user requirements, and we wish to determine the impact of changing the business-as-usual strategy from even-aged plantations of Sitka spruce. Our research in this also focuses on the effects of planting improved Sitka spruce

Mechanical properties of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce.

An investigation into the wood properties and timber potential of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce; whether left un-thinned or re-spaced to various stocking densities.