June Stewardship & Woodland News
ELS June – Nectar flower mixture (EF4) – between mid-June and the end of the first week of July you should cut half of the area of each nectar flower plot down to 20cm to stimulate late flowering. DO NOT CUT IF GROUND NESTING BIRDS ARE PRESENT. Permanent grassland with low inputs (EK2) – from 1st June can be cut, harrowed and rolled. If cut, the cuttings MUST be removed. Very low input grass (EK3) CANNOT be touched until 1st July.
MID-TIER CS – Winter Bird Food (AB9) plots should be drilled by 15th June – they must be minimum 6m wide and 0.4Ha in size with maximum size of 5Ha.
Game Crops in June – Please remember to get weed control carried out either pre-drilling or early post-emergence and get all the fertilizer on nice and early.
Woodland Creation Grant Applications – Time is Running Out
Time is running out if you are considering applying for the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation grant to plant woodlands this coming winter. The Forestry Commission says to allow 5 months for the application process, which at the moment would take you to late October – not leaving a lot of time to organise contractors if you wished to see trees in the ground before Christmas. Call us now if you require assistance with your woodland creation project!
Asian Long Horn Beetle Eradicated
Defra has announced that the Asian Longhorn Beetle, which was a serious threat to broadleaved trees across the UK, has been eradicated in the UK. It was first detected in 2012 in poplars growing in mid-Kent. DEFRA press release.
UK Timber prices boom Forest Research have released the latest stats on timber production and timber prices for the UK. FR Stats. The average price for coniferous standing sales was £31.66 per cubic metre in the year to March 2019, an increase from £24.64 in the year to March 2018.
The bill for ash dieback The impacts and knock-on effects of ash dieback (ADB) (aka Chalara) to the British economy are estimated at nearly £15 billion. UK experts calculate the costs will exceed £7 billion in the next 10 years alone, comprising clean-up costs at £4.8 billion plus replanting and research, and loss of profits for the forestry sector. Call us if you wish to know more or require assistance in managing your ash tree stock to ensure long-term woodland cover and the H&S element of your trees located near public roads and buildings etc.
Lyme disease. An e-petition is circulating calling on the UK Government to set up an NHS centre of excellence for Lyme disease. Take a look and please consider signing it
Oakbank is recruiting! We are looking for a forestry graduate to join our woodland advisory team. Based at Ellington the successful candidate will join a dynamic team of consultants delivering high quality woodland management plans across East Anglia and the East Midlands. We are looking for someone with a real passion for the countryside, for woodland and for conservation as well as an understanding of the role that shooting plays within this. He/she must be a recent graduate in a forestry related course, a good communicator and self-motivated, with a practical knowledge of woodland management.
GWCT shoot walk at Hainey Farm, Nr Ely.