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County Armagh: Different Growth Rates for Better Biodiversity

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County Armagh: Different Growth Rates for Better Biodiversity

Different Growth Rates for Better Biodiversity

This woodland is surrounded by traditional conifer plantations where trees are grown for timber. In these traditional systems, usually only one or two types of tree are planted and they grow to a suitable size, at which point, they are all cut down at once. The plan for this woodland is to increase biodiversity value by increasing the number of different trees planted. These new trees will grow at different rates and will be harvested for timber at different times. This is better for local wildlife as there will always be trees of different types, sizes and ages in the woodland, giving a choice of habitats for woodland plants and animals.

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Listed below are some of the trees planting on this site

The downy birch, or white birch, is a deciduous, broad-leafed tree which grows abundantly across the north of Europe and northern Asia. The outer bark can be stripped off without killing the tree, and its twigs and branches are flexible and make good brooms. The Sami people in Scandinavia use downy birch bark when making their traditional bread, while the tree’s sap can be collected in early spring and used to make a syrup or beer.
Downy Birch
Holly trees can live for up to 300 years, providing a warm and safe habitat for birds to nest in and hedgehogs and other small mammals to hibernate. This tree has long been associated with Christmas, and its spiky green leaves and bright red berries have been used as festive decorations during winter for centuries. Holly was traditionally thought to ward off evil spirits, and Harry Potter fans may remember that the boy wizard’s wand is made from holly!
The UK’s only truly native pine is Scotland’s national tree and can be found in abundance in the Highlands.The Caledonian Pine Forest is home to all sorts of wonderful species including the pine marten, red squirrel and rare Scottish wildcat. Scots pine has strong timber which is used for making fences, telegraph poles and other construction materials, and the bark can be tapped for resin to make turpentine.‍
Scots Pine
Douglas fir was first introduced to the UK from North America in the 1800s. These fragrant evergreen members of the pine family can live for up to 1,000 years, but are often cut down for use as Christmas trees. Douglas fir timber has lots of commercial uses, including furniture, flooring and decking, for example.
Douglas Fir
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