Projects > Woodland Management

1894 plantation of Scots Pine and pre 1840's mixed woodlands (rhododendron ponticum). These stands occupy around 47 ha and have not been managed for at least 40 years. Any activity within the stands has been confined to selective harvesting of the best trees. Although the area of Scots Pine was afforestation, much of the area predates the 1841-42 OS map, which is presently the earliest map available. At that time as is the case now, the stand was made up of both broadleaf and conifer species.

 

Although some areas have continued to show slow growth and signs of nutrient deficiency, most areas recovered from initial periods of poor health and the plantation is now well established. Infrastructure to and within the plantation is still poor and road building will be necessary to allow proper management. First thinnings were carried out during the winter months