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Official publication: Research Note | RN

Choice of silver birch planting stock for productive woodands

Silver birch is second only to oak in terms of total broadleaved woodland area in Britain. In the last two decades there has been an increase in the planting of...

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  • Tree breeding
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Sitka spruced

A collaboration between Forest Research, Oxford University and Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh) which will use DNA-marker technology to identify at a very early age those Sitka spruce trees which will have outstanding growth rate and timber quality when felled 30-years later

Status: Current

Themes

  • Genetics
  • Tree breeding
  • Forest management
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Implications of lowland broadleaved woodland management for the conservation of target bird species

This research consisted of a literature review and field study which investigated woodland management for birds within lowland broadleaved woodlands in Britain. The research considered the effect of woodland management...

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  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Tree breeding
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An easy guide to forest trees and their uses

This Guide lets you find out more about the trees found in the forests and woodlands of Great Britain.

Themes

  • Forest management
  • Tree breeding
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Timber properties of noble fir, Norway spruce, western red cedar and western hemlock grown in Great Britain

The softwood processing sector in Great Britain has been built around the use of a very small number of timber-producing species – predominantly Sitka spruce. The recent increase in outbreaks...

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  • Tree breeding
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Converting planted non-native conifer to native woodlands: a review of the benefts, drawbacks and experience in Britain

Planted forests of non-native conifers make up around 36% of Britain’s total wooded area. Increasing the area of native woodlands – including converting non-native conifer to native woodland where appropriate...

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  • Forest management
  • Tree breeding
Research topic

Mechanical properties of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce

An investigation into the wood properties and timber potential of naturally-regenerated Sitka spruce; whether left un-thinned or re-spaced to various stocking densities.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Tree breeding
Official publication: Research Note | RN

Understanding the provision of conifer seed for woodland species

Conifer seed provides an important food resource for many woodland mammals, birds and insects, including some of Britain’s rarest species. This Research Note brings together information from a number of...

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Tree breeding
Official publication: Management handbook | BK

Forest Yield: A handbook on forest growth and yield tables for British forestry

Yield models are one of the foundations of forest management. They provide information about the patterns of tree growth and potential productivity that can be expected in forest stands of...

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  • Tree breeding
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Official publication: Research Report | RP

Sustainable construction timber

Timber is a versatile and high performance construction material that can be produced in most parts of the UK. This second edition of ‘Sustainable construction timber’ has been written to...

Themes

  • Tree breeding
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting