4. Forestry

Please be aware that the below is not a definite statement of intent – please think of it as a word document or googledoc which is open for you and us to comment on. That way we can all see what the ideas up for discussion are, write down new ones and debate whether or not they’re good ideas.

We will increase forest cover on the estate with an emphasis on agroforestry to deliver tree fodder, biomass, timber and diverse food crops.

  • Produce a vision of the forestry on the estate that considers the next 100 years of tree growing and builds on the work of the Elmhirsts and Hiley.
  • Review how we consider trees and forests as part of the estate.  Continue developing our agroforestry to link agriculture with trees; closer working with the estates and arboriculture teams on how individual trees can be better used; soften the boundaries of trees and other land-uses such as agriculture or riparian zones.
  • Ensure forest health as a major priority.  This includes soil health, ecological health and tree health all of which are vital for the long-term resilience of our forests.
  • Consider what species we plant based on what will thrive in the long-term and what products & ecosystem services they can provide.  This could include diversifying age structure and species and should not be blinkered by traditional views of “forestry”, “native” or “exotic” but should be decisions based on the what is best for the long-term health of the forest resource.
  • Link the forest to timber-users in a more explicit and innovative way.  This will include the evolution of Woodlands Yard and considering how new digital technologies can enhance the value of our trees and provide timber to a broad range of society.
  • Innovate in our forest products.  The potential for non-timber forest products and agroforestry whether that be fruit, fungi or bio-distillation to produce a new generation of cellulose based plastic alternatives.
  • Where there are opportunities that make commercial and ecological sense increase the tree cover on the estate whether that be forest blocks, agroforestry or individual trees.
  • Currently we’re exploring the potential for silvopastural systems on the estate, looking particularly at Plum Plot (in front of Old Parsonage Farm) and Yarner Beacon.

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5 thoughts on “4. Forestry

  1. Hello,
    Are you considering a rotation of pollarding trees for fuel use within the new dwellings?
    In terms of pioneering a sustainable local economy, fuel is the biggest factor along with food.
    It would be nonsensical to put a lot of emphasis on local food economy details but then out-sourcing fuel…

  2. Certainly like idea of cellulose based packaging to replace plastic. That is the sort of forward thinking that the Elmhirsts were good at.

  3. Like the idea of growing nut trees but to provide a useful protein food. If extra trees are used as cover, they might as well produce a useful crop as well – that’s provided they will be suitable in warming climate.
    Think Dan Pearson has ideas on a nuttery in the gardens. Don’t like his suggestion of “help yourself” though!

  4. Yes!
    For silvopasture though, presumably DHT need a single tenant to implement both tree and animal parts of the system (unlike the alley cropping field).
    One of the tree species that should be considered is hybrid walnut – fast, will improve with warming climate, and produces valuable timber in a short period of time (30-40 years).

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