Broadleaf and evergreen balanceAndrew Staib2020-10-06T11:51:56+01:00
Broadleaf and evergreen balance
To create visual diversity, Glorious Woodlands will design your woodland with a balance between evergreen and broadleaf species.
Glorious Woodlands will design evergreens into your forest design as well as broadleaf species, as they provide winter protection for valuable wildlife habitats. They also provide visual diversity throughout the year.
Some evergreen species are hard fern (Blechnum spicant), holm oak (Quercus ilex), juniper (Juniperus) and cedar (Cedrus).
Broadleaf woodland is characterised by trees which do not have needles. Woodland with oak and birch occurs on more acidic and infertile soils. Whereas native beech woods thrive in chalky soils which support many rare and specialist plants, fungi and invertebrates. Unfortunately global warming is drying out chalk soils so beech forests could become unsustainable.
Broadleaf species include maple (Acer), birch (Betula), oak (Quercus robur), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and hazel (Corylus avellana).