[Agroforestry] Re: Use of Lombardy poplars

Will Anderson will at drumin.com
Wed Sep 21 15:57:18 EST 2005

How about


gives you a potted history of poplars in UK.

Large areas of plantation were owned at one time by Bryant & May for 
matchstick production but they went out of business (in UK) a few 
decades ago.

Much planting (as with much forestry!?!) is based on possible future or 
niche uses. It can be used for pulp, box manufacture and many other 
things. I know of one forester who is selling it for coffin manufacture!

In some cases it is planted on wet agricultural ground for shelter or 
windbreak purposes. Often with embarrassing future consequences when it 
blows over.

There is interest in it now in use for energy crops, like willow, if 
grown on a short rotation, primarily because it is robust (if a 
selectively bred clone is used) and a good volume producer.

A very good summary can be found in FC Bulletin 92 by J. Jobling. He has 
a good comment "As with all special purpose woods, a use does not 
necessarily imply the existence of a market"!



In article <dgrt2j$2ab$1 at gemini.csx.cam.ac.uk>, Nick Maclaren 
<nmm1 at cus.cam.ac.uk> writes
>Let's see if this gets anywhere.
>Can anyone explain why on earth the UK forestry activity is so keen
>on planting blocks of Lombardy poplars?  I know that they used to
>be used for pit props, but we no longer have any mines worth a damn,
>and they stopped using wood for props decades ago, anyway.
>I know that they can be pulped for paper, but that isn't a viable
>use of the land.  It is possible that they are planted solely for the
>subsidies, but I can't think of much else.
>Nick Maclaren.

Will Anderson

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