When the trees you have planted have been in the ground for several years they will have spread their branches.
You will probably notice different wildlife species appearing in your new wood such as bees and butterflies. Your livestock will also start to benefit from the shade and shelter your trees are providing.
As well as sheltering livestock and crops, your trees will provide a sustainable source of firewood, timber and coppice products.
By managing your trees effectively, you can harvest these products and enhance the woodland’s value for wildlife too.
Having a more diverse woodland structure, made up of trees of different species and ages, will increase resilience in the face of threats such as tree pests, diseases and climate change.
This guide will give you an introduction on how to manage your woodland in the early years after your trees have established.
Here you can find out more about how to ensure the trees on your farm can be part of a sustainable, productive, and healthy, wildlife-rich habitat.