You nick the stems at 1.5m and lay at angles to give thick hedge rows for example with grasses growing under. Just one optionThe biomass willow growing that fast could be a good option if the area were more sheltered, I've seen the willow that was planted locally for harvesting and then not getting harvested for some reason, growing at all angles due to the wind. It does hold birds, but I don't think they roost there, they tend to go back to the bordering woods.
I'll look into the forestry grants and see if I can put some convincing figures together to convince the landowner.
The biomass willow I refer to is on a different shoot, and as you say, very little in the way of side branches, the stuff just grows up.Wot are u actually tring to achieve?
Holding cover, flushing cover for a drive or roosting cover? In 1 post u say it joins onto a wood they already roost in.
The biomass willow I refer to is on a different shoot, and as you say, very little in the way of side branches, the stuff just grows up.
The pieces of land that need the planting are scrub areas, rough grass, whins, etc, . Owner of some of that has a duty to re plant a few acres to replace what he removed 3 years ago. The other bit is a patch of ground about 3-4 acres that is surrounded by crop fields. It does hold partridges and the occasional pheasant, but would do a lot better if there was some roosting cover.
I've seen bits of ground on local estates which have wide spaced coniferous type plantation, plenty nice green undergrowth etc, this is what I would be aiming for.