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Complex, native forest systems allow for multiple yields that are ideally suited to the needs of communities. Public lands (verges, parks, industrial estates) provide opportunities for productive plantings of trees and associated plants. Yields include food for humans and livestock, timber, furniture, textiles, dyes, medicines, soft fruit, preserves, wines, honey, foliage, withies, weaving materials, seed etc. etc.

Present situation

Current trends towards highly mechanised harvesting require simple planting schemes (monocultures) that bring little of value to the local community. Public lands are generally planted with no thought to a yield hence maintenance operations are a continuous and expensive drain on resources.


The planting branch originates designs suited to the specific locality and the clients needs. A proportion of all plantings would include local native stock. Where appropriate, this branch encourages community involvement in the design process and includes species suited to needs (for example, apples, soft fruit, coppice trees for cider, jams and rustic work).

This branch draws on the seed collection branch for seeds and data, the tree nurseries for plants and the composting branch for mulch.

It is envisioned that while undertaking projects such as low maintenance, productive systems for public buildings, the primary objectives of this branch will involve designing and planting complex native forest systems with additional high yield species for direct community management. There is the opportunity for farmers and other landowners to become involved in the creation of diverse, productive systems.

Summary points

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