We use some essential cookies to make this website work.
We’d like to set additional cookies to understand how you use forestresearch.gov.uk, remember your settings and improve our services.
Preparing to search
In many cases the type of machinery that is available locally will be critical in determining what options are realistic for extraction. there is more information on extraction systems here.
You should have some idea of the total cost of operations including:
Note: you will need to evaluate costs in relation to expected revenues. In many cases the woodfuel products will only have a low value, and higher value products generated as part of the same harvesting operation will raise a much higher income. It is also possible, especially in the case of very small scale operations, that cooperating with other local woodland owners/managers allows work to be more cost effective.
Some sites factors will limit the choice of extraction machinery. The Forestry Commission operates a terrain classification system based on:
Weather conditions, particularly rain, can change sites much more vulnerable to damage and modify the conditions in which machines can operate safely. The Forestry Commission have produced a document on terrain classification (TDB Technical Note 16/95), which can be obtained from Technical Development Services.
Small woodlands can be particularly vulnerable to environmental damage; to reduce potential impact, at the planning stage it is useful to consider:
Extraction systems and routes should be planned to minimise tree damage; for example, avoid skidding long poles against standing trees, or activities that may cause ground compaction as this could damage root systems.
Site access must be available for machinery to get to the site and for the produce from harvesting to be transported away. When hard roading (a forest road or adequate track) is not available then you may need to construct a suitable track.
In wood access: bear in mind that ground conditions within the wood may not be adequate to cope with all the machinery travel needed, and it might sometimes be necessary (for example key route or extraction route convergence at forest roads) to construct hard tracks. Such requirements will depend upon the total area to be harvested, extraction distances, load sizes and volumes to be extracted.
Extraction distance to the nearest road has a significant impact on machinery choice and cost.
Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website.
Find out more about cookies on forestresearch.gov.uk
We use 3 types of cookie. You can choose which cookies you're happy for us to use.
These essential cookies do things like remember your progress through a form. They always need to be on.
We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the website so we can improve it based on user needs. Google Analytics sets cookies that store anonymised information about: how you got to the site the pages you visit on forestresearch.gov.uk and how long you spend on each page what you click on while you're visiting the site
Some forestresearch.gov.uk pages may contain content from other sites, like YouTube or Flickr, which may set their own cookies. These sites are sometimes called ‘third party’ services. This tells us how many people are seeing the content and whether it’s useful.