Craigluscar Farm, Dunfermline
Agriforest, the timber harvesting and forest management experts were tasked with thinning a 36 hectare Sitka Spruce plantation for the owners of Craigluscar Farm, Dunfermline.
The trees had been planted on previously cultivated agricultural ground, and had grown extremely well, but now required managing. The client, Mr Graham, had access issues with getting machinery into the site, and timber out. After a lengthy process, Agriforest successfully negotiated a lease with the neighbouring landowner, Forest & Land Scotland, to take timber out through ground owned by them. The owners now have a firm access arrangement for present work, and future thinning or clear felling.
In addition, Agriforest arranged and implemented approved crossing points over a Scottish Gas pipeline, along with a neighbouring National Grid pipeline. Finally, Scottish Power were engaged to assist with the crossing of a high voltage power line. The woodland has been consistently thinned throughout, with approximately 20% of the crop removed, focusing on the removal of poorer quality trees and the spacing out of others.
The expectation is to follow up with a further thin in around five years time, followed on by clear felling in around ten years. It is entirely feasible that by the time clear felling comes to fruition, the percentage of high quality timber will be 60-70%, and the tonnage to be felled will be 450 - 500 tonnes per hectare.