Conservation & Heathland Restoration

Upton Specialised Tree Services Ltd has extensive experience in the restoration, re-creation and management of heathland habitats, with  significant improvements in areas across the south of England. Our extensive range of specialist equipment enables us to provide extremely competitive quotations.

Restoration works include repairs to eroded soils and the encouragement of natural re-colonization of vegetation, usually  using harvested heather as a structure for creating a micro climate and as the  source of seed. Repairs to redress historic actions such as the draining of  lowland valley mires are carried out by infilling drains and head-ward erosion  with plugs of baled heather.

Re-creation of heathland from other land uses,  often conifer plantation, involves different techniques for dealing with the  stumps and litter build up. Techniques depend upon the specific soils,  topography and the ultimate management of the site.

Management works include the removal of  self-sown trees such as pine and birch or the removal of gorse. Pine has to be felled and either burned on site or chipped. A balance has to be struck in terms of  costs and benefits: in most cases a whole-tree chipper is used and the chips can removed from site.
Much of the chip and timber that is removed from site is used as a carbon neutral bio fuel that is mixed with coal and burnt at large power stations to generate electricity for the national grid.

Our clients include:

The National Trust.
Natural England.
Dorset County County Council Ranger Services.
Poole Borough Council.
The Woodland Trust.
Dorset Wildlife Trust.

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