Differences between conventional forestry and plantation forestry

  • PLANTATIONS PROMOTE OPTIMAL GROWING CONDITIONS
  • PLANTATIONS HAVE INTENSIVE TREE MANAGEMENT
  • PLANTATIONS HAVE NO LIMITS ON HARVESTING

Unlike conventional forestry, our plantations are established to promote optimum growing conditions and thereby maximise returns. We plant on farmland enabling our clients to harvest all of their trees when they wish, which is not possible with conventional forestry where harvests are limited. Plantation forestry is intensively managed, weeded, pruned and irrigated which is unlikely to be the case with conventional forestry.

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In order for our clients to understand the differences between these two types of forestry we have listed the key features of both:

Plantation forestry Conventional forestry
Tree species Robinia Pine
Timber Hardwood Softwood
Timber prices High Low
Timber volume High in 12 years High in 60+ years
Management Intensive Low
Harvests allowed No limit Limited
Plot size Can be relatively small Must be large
Land Farmland Forest