I have been busy over the last two years now and then hacking away at a 15 year old mixed plantation in the hope of developing a productive stalking ground within seconds of my back door. the plantation comprises oak, alder, hybrid larch and sitka spruce. Some efforts have obvious advantages such as clearing patyhways for access, others such as brashing and high pruning are less obvious in their benefits.
Species present are sika and fallow.
My efforts to date have included;
Path & fire break clearance
Brashing & high pruning of larch (to improve grass beneath)
Cutting back tall impassable bramble
Extension with new planting on adjacent land (got to be good)
Increasing willow by pushing in cuttings obtained nearby
Introducing understory shrubs by planting hazel and holly
Planting crab apple in more open areas as with willow for food value
Applying fertiliser and lime to grassy areas
I would really appreciate hearing of the practical benefits by anyone who has put the effort into these areas. Also is there anything else I should be doing.