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June Stewardship & Woodland News

ELS JuneNectar 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 CSWinter 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.    

Liquid Fertiliser – if you really want to give your crops a head start then why not go liquid! Bionature’s NHK Delta and 1-4 ALL applied at 2-3 leaves of the crop and again at 6-8 leaves has shown remarkable results, particularly on less good soils which struggle to hold nutrients. And it’s very cost-effective compared to solids as well. For more info please contact Tim Furbank This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07843378702

 

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.

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GWCT shoot walk at Hainey Farm, Nr Ely.

On Thursday 13th June there is a fantastic opportunity to have a look round a remarkable farm and shoot in the Fens. As well as being innovators in the growing of salad vegetables, the Shropshire family have looked at their shoot in the same way and have setup their own game processing plant to ensure all of the game harvested enters the food chain in first class condition. The shoot itself utilizes Stewardship and has led to the creation of fabulous wildlife habitats on highly productive farmland. Hosted by GWCT’s Austin Weldon and our very own Ian Gould, this really is an evening not to be missed. To reserve a place please contact Claire Smith on 07525 129439 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.