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...Taking control


>..Classes of tree

...Christmas trees

...Woodland - Planting

... - Preserving

... - Established

... - Dedicated

...By products - firewood

... - Other

If your aim is to take control of existing woodland then the best start is to categorise your wood according to its type and purpose.

From there you can start to see an end-product. If you are planning new woodland, you can choose the market you are aiming at. A specific variety of willow can be grown for cricket bats: these are most attractive trees for which you require a good soil with a high water content (not a marsh though). This is such a specialist area that you must establish if you have a market before you plant.

It is worth considering growing 'instant trees' on a nursery scale. Developers and councils often have to purchase trees in an advanced stage of growth. Generally certain areas favour different varieties so some market research is needed. The trees have to be lifted very carefully and transport costs are high. However, well grown trees command a worthwhile return.

Christmas trees have an appeal all of their own. Everyone who plants them does so in a rosy glow of anticipation of a vast profit. This is not the case for all who harvest them.