Which species to plant
Different trees have different purposes and needs. Choose your species according to the land you have and what you want from your trees.
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Which species will thrive in your area?
Most trees can grow in a range of conditions, though some will prefer particular soil types. Take a look around your neighbourhood and see what’s thriving for an idea of what might do well.
If you’re planting lots of trees, think carefully about using a mix of native species. UK woods are under pressure from pollution, climate change, pests and diseases. Including a broad range of native tree species will make your planting more resilient to these pressures.
Themed tree packs
From creating a wild harvest and year-round colour to planting for fuel or attracting wildlife, there’s a pack to suit everyone.
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Choosing species for a wood
Our MOREwoods scheme provides a bespoke mix of suitable species for many woodland planting needs. Common reasons for planting on a large scale include:
- to attract wildlife: native trees with nuts and berries such as rowan, hazel and beech provide food throughout the year.
- to provide shelter for livestock: native species provide a good source of shade in summer and shelter from the elements over winter.
- to prevent soil erosion: trees can hold soils firm and improve stability to protect against wind and water erosion
- for timber production: we recommend species such as oak, beech and walnut
- to reduce flooding: trees suitable for riparian planting or in a damp field corner include alder and willow
- for a source of wood fuel: cherry, hornbeam, birch and rowan all burn well.
How long does it take for a tree to grow?
Trees grow at different rates depending on many factors, including species, soil conditions, climate and maintenance. To meet your specific needs, it’s best to speak to a professional.
If you’re looking for quick results, read our blog on fast growing trees for your garden.
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