Restocking – Natural Regeneration

natural regeneration of conifer on heartland

On some sites natural regeneration can prove to be an effective method of restocking. Planning for the natural regeneration of woodland starts with the existing trees still standing and involves the creation of suitable ground conditions and light intensity to encourage germination.

Not every woodland or tree species is suitable for this method and sometimes the most successful examples occur without planning. In our region Scots pine regeneration on lighter soils has been particularly successful.

Ash, Birch and Willow are pioneer broadleaved species that will often quickly colonise an open site from dormant or blown in seed. Heavy seed trees like oak require stand preparation over decades to be successful.

Whilst Natural this method is sadly not free and requires greater management engagement to ensure timely intervention of ground preparation and vegetation control.

To find out how we can help you with your natural regeneration woodland operations get in touch via our enquiry form and one of our forest managers will get right back to you.