This project aims to investigate the effects of intense early competition and the associated period of restricted growth on the wood properties of Sitka spruce crops that have been established via natural regeneration (a potentially cost-effective alternative to replanting on some sites).
- To examine the wood properties that are important for the production of wood-based forest products in naturally regenerated Sitka spruce.
- To determine the potential advantages and disadvantages of using natural regeneration in forests grown to produce timber products.
Summary papers are in preparation for publication.
Funding and partners
Forest Research and the University of Aberdeen (Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences) are partners in this project which is funded by the Forestry Commission’s Forest Products Research Programme.
National forestry policies and strategies
- Scotland's Forestry Strategy 2019–2029
- Roots for Further Growth: An economic strategy for Scotland’s Forest & Timber Technologies Sector to 2030
- (In England) the Government Forestry Policy Statement
- Woodlands for Wales Forest Strategy (2018)
- Wood stiffness, strength and density testing
- Acoustic velocity testing (predicts stiffness)
- X-ray densitometry (ring width and within-ring density)