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Why is early management so important?

Early management is essential to get the best returns from your forest in the future.

New forests require several years of active management to become well established. The payment of the second instalment of the Afforestation Scheme (Maintenance Grant) and forestry premium is subject to the forest successfully achieving certain standards. If a forest is not well maintained, future timber revenue is likely to be compromised.

Forest owners need to take an active role in the management of their forests to maximise future timber revenue.

Check list for forest owners  

Spring time

  • Carry out vegetation control
  • Apply fertiliser if necessary
  • Check for browsing damage 

Summer time

  • Check for frost damage
  • Take broadleaf foliage samples
  • Carry out broadleaf shaping 

Autumn time

  • Check stocking density and replanting requirements
  • Check drainage system
  • Check fi re breaks
  • Check fence lines 

Winter time

  • Replace any dead trees
  • Take conifer foliar samples
  • Carry out oak shaping
  • Review insurance requirements