BROADLEAF THINNING (WOODLAND IMPROVEMENT SCHEME 'WIS')
Funding is available for the tending and thinning of Broadleaf or Mixed broadleaf forests which provides for grant aid for two thinning interventions. The aim of the scheme is to stimulate investment in the improvement, protection and development of young broadleaf forests for a range of functions, including:
The tending operation readies the plantation for future management operations by removing a number of less-favoured trees. Generally when trees are around 8m top height.
Identification and marking of trees with superior form and vigour from which the final crop will later be chosen (PCTs – Potential Crop Trees)
Timber marking is recommended to identify potential final crop trees. Thinning control plots should be put in place so as to monitor timber being removed; thinning incorrectly can seriously affect the value of your crop and investment.