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British woodlands and forests are often located on sites and in regions that are marginal for agriculture; many are at high elevations and exposed, with short growing seasons. Wherever forests are located, site and climatic conditions must dictate species choice in forest management. The Silviculture of Trees Used in British Forestry provides a detailed guide to the biological suitability of different sites and soils for all important native trees and the most extensively used exotics. Apart from physical difficulties such as steepness and stoniness, forest soils also frequently have problems associated with them. They can be waterlogged or drought-prone, suffer from extremes of acidity or alkalinity, or have compacted layers.
The Silviculture of Trees Used in British Forestry provides information on species' suitability for different purposes. It includes details of species' origin and introduction (where applicable), as well as their climatic and soil requirements and other silvicultural characteristics. Information about provenance, yield and timber is also provided. Fully updated throughout, this 3rd edition puts more emphasis on species suitable for changing climatic conditions, with accounts of several species that may become more prominent in British forests: including several silver firs, hickories, eucalypts, spruces, poplars and wingnuts. The book concludes with simple keys for identifying the trees most likely to be encountered in British forests. It is an essential resource for students, researchers and forestry professionals.
Reviews of the second edition:
"This book will help you grow the right tree, in the right place and the right way, for the right reason."
– Chartered Forester
"As with the original publication, the new edition is also a must for anyone interested in forestry and all those with an interest in the wide range of trees found in forests in these islands."
– Irish Forestry
"The first edition of this book was good, this revised second edition is better including more recent information in an accessible format with an improved index. This is a valuable compendium for anyone who wants or needs to know detailed information about the characteristics of individual tree species and would be a useful aid to selecting the right species for a site."
– Dr Ralph Harmer
"it is having a breadth of knowledge encompassed in one book which makes it so valuable."
– Woodland Heritage 2014
"I found the text to be easy to read, authoritative, and informative, and the author and the publishers are to be congratulated on producing this timely revision of a book that can do much to educate and remind British foresters of the importance of understanding the silvicultural characteristics of the species they deploy."
– Scottish Forestry