Restoring woodland habitats by planting will provide future resilience and ecological diversity.
Once harvesting and Ash tree clearance has taken place there are often follow up works that are required, as part of restoring a woodland habitat with replacement tree species or replacing lost field and roadside specimens. Much of this restoration work is required as part of Felling licence approvals. PRS foresters will have specified and agreed the replacement trees and can provide advice and guidance on appropriate protection measures to ensure the next generation of trees establish well and achieve the desired landscape and woodland continuity for the future. This work of replacement and regeneration can sometimes be grant supported by Natural England and the Forestry commission. The process of regeneration is not just a simple single year exercise, but one involving a number of tending operations over a few years to assist the next generation of trees to establish healthily. PRS foresters will:
- Provide advice on suitable replacement species and appropriate protection measures
- Specify ground preparation and soil mitigation / improvement after tree removal
- Source and identify appropriate growing stock from forestry transplants to larger landscaping trees for an instant impact
- Provide full costings for planting, protection and maintenance regimes for the early years
- Secure grant support from Forestry Commission where this is possible.
- Once project costs are agreed, instruct and oversee regenerative planting schemes with specialist staff and contractors
- Deliver ongoing costed maintenance services to ensure survival of the newly planted trees.
- Provide guidance about long term protection measures and pruning / cleaning, notably of woodland trees