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Woodland Creation (Native)

When considering creation of native woodland it is important to consider both site and tree selection.  You want to ensure that you are choosing the right type of woodland to go in the right place for the right reason.  Native woodland has all of the benefits of a commercial scheme but usually with less long term management.  Some benefits include shelter, making use of less productive ground, sediment control, bank stabilisation and connecting existing woodlands to expand this nature resource.

Site Selection

Consider the following things when thinking about the location of your native woodland;

  • Are there any issue with peat?(>50cm)
  • Are there any designations? (SSSI, Archaeology etc.)
  • Presence of existing native woodlands
  • Access for ground preparation, fencing and planting

Some useful websites to use to help with site selection would be Land Information Search (LIS) or Forestry Commission Map Viewer or Scotland’s Soil Maps.

Woodland Creation Native

Some useful websites to use to help with site selection would be:

Land Information Search (LIS)
Forestry Commission Map Viewer
Scotland's Soil Maps.

Tree Selection

The Forestry Commission Map Viewer website will show you suitability of different grant options for woodland type i.e. Native Scots Pine, Native Broadleaves, Native Upland Birch.

A good starting point for species choice is the Ecological Site Classification website.  Using modelled data this will give you a list of tree species which should perform well at your chosen site.

Having a mix of species can help with both pest and disease resistance.

When considering native woodland creation it useful to take note of existing native tree species in your area as these are more likely to perform well.  For example native Scots Pine within the Cairngorm National Park whereas Birch, Willows and Alder are more suited to wetter environments.  If you have pockets of better ground within the area you are considering species such as Oak may be suitable.

Grant Funding

Scottish Rural Development Program under the Forestry Grant Scheme offers both capital and management payments for woodland creation.  More information about available payments and target areas can be found here.

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