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Hi Jeremy,

Just thought I would send you some photos of the finished curved floor/wall that you supplied the timber for.

 

Looks great and everyone commentson it.

Thanks for your help with the timber selection.

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A Look Inside a Young Forest

25 Sep. 2014

Most modern day forests start out life in the nursery. Seedlings are grown into juvenile plants until they are old enough to be transported to the site where they will grow and mature until they are ready to be harvested. This is between 30 or 40 years for most evergreen species. The process of planting and tending a young forest has been developed and honed over hundreds of years. Today, although certain parts of the process have become very scientific, a lot of the work is still done by hand.


The modern forestry plantation begins with developing the ground, digging ditches for drainage, creating mounds for the trees to be planted and enclosing the plantation with fencing to prevent as much encroachment in the first few years as possible. Once the groundwork has been done, usually with the aid of tracked excavation machines, the young plants will be delivered onto the site.


The best way of planting young trees is by hand. This method, using a spade and plenty of elbow grease, will ensure that each plant is properly planted and bedded in. Each tree will be placed into its own mound and the earth around the roots packed in to prevent any excess water or other contamination from getting at the roots.


After the area has been planted it will be left for a while to bed in on its own. After this period of time, the first of several cycles of regular maintenance will begin. The first cycle might include fertilisation if required. It might also need any competing vegetation to be knocked back or in some cases the more aggressive approach of using herbicides. Another element of this first cycle will be replacing any failed plants.


After several such cycles of maintenance, the forest canopy will close in. This usually occurs after seven or eight years, depending on how fertile the land is and how much growth there has been. The only way of closely seeing what's going inside the forest is to open up inspection paths. This involves using a chain saw or hand cutters to take the branches off the trunks of parallel trees, creating a pathway through the forest. These pathways are normally set up about 100 meters apart and form a grid system throughout the forest. They are normally only opened when the decision to thin is being made.


The final stage of a young forest's life is this thinning stage. This is where selected trees are taken out of the forest. These trees are mostly the ones which are considered weaker than the rest. The thinning allows the other trees to grow in an environment with less competition for the available resources. There may be another one or two thinnings before the final mature forest emerges.

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