The process of planting a young tree is not difficult or time-consuming. But it must be done properly and with care. The success of planting will depend on choosing the right species for the site and on providing an environment in which the young trees will thrive. Hands-on techniques for planting a tree Choose the […]
Practical conservation in brief
A collection of articles designed to help you get started with practical conservation in no time at all.
Coppicing, either for conservation or to produce timber involves periodic cutting of trees using traditional felling techniques, stacking the timber afterwards and leaving some brushwood to rot down. Tree identification Correct tree identification is important. Point out any obvious areas of confusion, eg hornbeam and beech in winter. Make certain that everyone knows the species […]
The many miles of recently planted, established, or derelict hedgerows need managing. It is important to check the regional style to be adopted. The techniques on this page follow those appropriate to the Midland Bullock hedge. Repairing a neglected hedge involves clearing out dead wood, selecting and laying pleachers, trimming, staking and binding the hedge […]
Learn the art of dry stone walling… Building with dry stone is one of the earliest skills developed by humans. Dry stone walls are durable because they contain no mortar, but are held together by the weight of stone, and by the skill of the builder who selected and fitted the stones together. Dry stone walling […]