Scottish forestry and woodland news

Planting new woodlands in the Pentland Hills

13 April 2014  post by Nick Marshall

One of our planting jobs this year has been the creation of six new woodland compartments on an estate at the southern end of the Pentlands.  The owner wanted to establish mixed woodlands on an open area of hill for various reasons, including; providing additional shelter, improving the landscape, enhancing the sporting potential of his estate and extending the wooded area.

Treeline was involved from the start and, following discussions and site visits, designed the woodlands and secured grant funding before planning and carrying out all of the work onsite.  New fencing was erected, the ground was mounded and drained where appropriate before planting which was carried out carefully with fertiliser being applied with each plant to aid early growth.

Below are some pictures of the work being carried out by our highly skilled team…

  • Planting on a hillside overlooking the rest of the estate and the Scottish Borders beyond Planting on a hillside overlooking the rest of the estate and the Scottish Borders beyond
  • Sorting through fencing materials before laying them out Sorting through fencing materials before laying them out
  • Damien knocking in strainers around one of the compartments Damien knocking in strainers around one of the compartments
  • A gateway prior to hanging the nets on the new fences A gateway prior to hanging the nets on the new fences
  • Andrew mounding in the sunshine, we prefer to flip the mounds back into the hole to leave a flatter site Andrew mounding in the sunshine, we prefer to flip the mounds back into the hole to leave a flatter site
  • The resulting site with mounds at 2m spacing The resulting site with mounds at 2m spacing
  • Bags of plants awaiting planting Bags of plants awaiting planting
  • Chris and Alin busy at work Chris and Alin busy at work
  • Chris carefully planting into the mounds with a little fertiliser added to aid growth Chris carefully planting into the mounds with a little fertiliser added to aid growth