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October

QJF Oct 1999, Vol. 93, No. 4

  • Elms of Sussex - A Personal View In Sussex, we are lucky in having a control zone for elms to protect them fromDutch elm disease. In this article, I have summarised my finding over my 10years as a Dutch elm disease control officer for East Sussex County Council. I mention only those elms which I consider native and write only about the area which I know.
  • European Silver Fir (Abies Alba) in Britain - Time for a Reassessment The silvicultural characteristics of European silver fir (Abies alba) make it a potentiallyuseful tree throughout Britain, particularly in continuous cover forestry. However,contemporary silvicultural wisdom is that the species suffers from devastating attacksof silver fir woolly aphid (Adelges nordmannianae) and is, therefore, not worthwhileplanting. This advice has been based almost exclusively on experience when the focusof forestry was timber production from plantations. Silviculturally, European silver firis unsuited to open plantings but can thrive as a component of mixed-species, unevenagedwoodlands. If used in such a way, this may reduce the problems associated withAdelges nordmannianae and would certainly protect the species from damage fromunseasonal frosts. Further work is required to reassess the potential of European silverfir in British forestry.
  • The Role of Horses in Forestry, Based on Case Studies from the UK and Sweden As part of research to assess the potential and constraints of using horses within theforests and woodlands of the UK, data were collated during study tours in the UK andSweden. Sweden was chosen because of its pre-eminence in the use of the horse andthe development of horse-drawn extraction equipment. The research concluded thathorses have a viable and important role to play in UK forestry.