Plumpton College Site
Plumpton College in East Sussex has become the first to launch Conifers for Colleges in the South of England.
Students from Plumpton College planted the trees at The Woodland Enterprise Centre at Flimwell in the High Weald. This site is run by Plumpton College for specialist woodland training and events. The project will be used to carry out research into the growth responses of the trees planted as mixed species plantings verses single group species plantings. In addition a comparison will be made in to the survival and growth rates of the trees protected using different forms of tree protection.
Jon Cornford course leader for Foundation Degree Forestry says: “This is a great opportunity for students to take part in research, and we would like to thank the RFS and all of the sponsors for their interest in promoting research for future forestry students”.
The project recognises the risks that climate change, pests and diseases represent to woodlands, and the need for a wider range of tree species and a greater supply of skills. It highlights the importance of conifers to the UK forestry and timber industries while promoting research and education into alternative novel species.