First year cut back AT the Iggesund SRC plantation

During the first growing season, the inserted cuttings will produce 1-2 shoots with a maximum height of 2.0- 2.5m.

These are cutback as close as practically possible to ground level using a reciprocating type finger bar mower, which should produce a clean cut. Other types of flail mowers can cause excessive damage.

This cutback will encourage the established cutting to produce multiple shoots, often eight to ten depending on variety. Re-growth is rapid and vigorous with ground cover/canopy closure being achieved by mid-summer in the year following planting.

There is some discussion as to the necessity of cutback. However, where weed growth can continue throughout the year, cutback gives a necessary second opportunity for herbicide application.

Following cutback, the coppice enters its cropping cycle of between two and three years. At harvest, the coppice will have attained a maximum height of 7-8m.