Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item
The following section gives advice on carrying out the item successfully but does not form a part of the requirements for this item.
Plant the trees
Planting should not be undertaken:
during a drought
in waterlogged ground
only use native trees already present in the local area
space the trees far enough to let crowns develop without competing or producing too much shade
space far enough apart so the gaps between trees can be easily trimmed with a mechanical flail
use irregular spacing to create a more natural landscape - look at the local landscape to see what is appropriate
Make the trees visible
The biggest threat to young hedgerow trees is flailing. Hand-trimming a hedge 1m either side of young trees is an effective way to make them more visible. Also warn machine operators to look out for them.