Plantation forestry

  • OUR PLANTATIONS ARE ESTABLISHED ON FARMLAND
  • ROBINIA AND BLUE SPRUCE REQUIRE SANDY SOILS TO DRAIN EXCESS WATER
  • ROBINIA AND BLUE SPRUCE ARE PLANTED AS ONE YEAR OLD ROOTSTOCK AND THREE YEAR OLD TREES RESPECTIVELY

Site selection
The establishment of a plantation starts by finding the right farmland. We use farmland, as there are no limits on how much timber can be harvested from it at any given time.
Robinia and Blue Spruce trees require a soil that drains any excess water easily, so a sandy soil is preferred. Quality of the soil is also important, as poorer soils will need more fertiliser and irrigation.

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After the land has been purchased, the soil must be loosened by ploughing and harrowing before the trees are planted. This will enable the roots of the young trees to grow faster, thereby increasing the growth rate of the trees.
Planting
To increase their survival and growth rate, Robinia and Blue Spruce trees are planted as one-year-old rootstock and three year old trees respectively. Rootstocks are grown under stable conditions in a nursery for one year and then planted on the plantations.

  • We plant 5,000 Robinia or 7,000 Blue Spruce trees per hectare.
  • This planting density optimises growth for both species.
  • After all the trees have been planted, a fence is built around the
    plantation to keep out local wildlife.