just looking for ideas/info or experience.
Hoping to plant a few hundred trees/mibee more this spring, but is going to be a long term thing. Ideally wanting smaller growing trees as quite a steep banking so worried about rooting/windblow issues, althou at the moment some pretty large mature Sycamore growing there which i'm going to gradually fell or reduce crown/pollard.
Was thinking of dead wooding some/ring barking so leaving it as standing dead wood for birds/bugs.
But am i right in saying that even dead sycamore offers little conservation value? Plus i know it becomes brittle and unstable safe fairly quickly after dieing.
So i'm thinking of traditonal hedging type species (haw thorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Rowan, Holly etc, possibly some Juniper) i will be allowing them to grow fully thou so not a hedge. Really wanting to plant treee/shrubs with a decent conservation value, either feeding or nesting, generally for insect birds, possibly some Buddicea? for butterfilies and paticularly red squirrels, think got about a dozen different reds coming to my feeders now and a cheeky bugger that climbs into my IBC where i keep all the feed. Gave me a right fright 1st couple of times i've got near/opened and he's shot out of it
Wot tree species would folk on here advise?? (Bear in mind SW Scotland)
Also any decent localish nurseries to SW scotland? don't want to be buying imported trees/diseases.
Also is there any way of guaranteeing the tree u buy will produce a decent ammount of berries/fruit?
I know a few areas with lots of sloe bushes but hardly produce any sloes and this has been for 10+ years with little or no fruit, while i know 3 trees that every year are completely loaded with sloes and u can pick buckets in no time.
Would i be better taking cuttings of those good sloe bushes and growing them on myself