Why you don’t plant Scots pine on alkaline soils!

That’s a big pile of dead and dying Scots pine being removed. This tree is more at home on acidic soils but, luckily for us, there were a few Corsican pines left and these do like alkaline soils. Not enough to get anyone interested as there isn’t a twenty ton load of saw logs. Maybe we can saw them up to make beams?

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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2 Responses to Why you don’t plant Scots pine on alkaline soils!

  1. Philip Whaites says:

    Simon when the trees first went in,I did point out that they would not thrive and would not provide a dark backcloth to the building as was intended, thank goodness that some are Corsican pines.


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