Ecology: Harvesting & Replanting
The current Trustees of Bute’s Community Forest are keen to preserve and increase the environmental amenity and diversity of the Forest for future generations. The Forest includes Sitka Spruce, Norwegian Spruce and Larch, all of which were planted before the Community buy-out. These planted areas of trees are reaching maturity and are ready to be harvested.
During this year (2021/2022), the intention is to undertake our first harvesting, a relatively small area of larch above Moss Wood, and the adjoining compartments of Sitka and Norwegian spruce. Larch across Scotland and beyond has been subject to disease which requires the trees to be felled and removed to prevent further spread of the disease. To avoid our larch catching the disease, it is appropriate to harvest the trees now (they are ready) and to generate some revenue from their sale.
The Trustees have decided to replant with more native species, currently a 70%: 30% split between native broadleaves and Spruce planted for future harvest. This increases the environmental amenity and diversity of the Community Forest. We are working with our neighbouring landowners Bute Estate, benefiting from their support and experience in the practicalities of harvesting.
Plans for future harvesting and replanting will similarly be influenced by our desire to increase environmental amenity.