The role of mixed woods in Irish silviculture.

  • T. Clear
Keywords: Establishment, monoculture, spruce, pine, afforestation, losses.


Foresters the world over are recognising more and more the value of a proper mixture as a factor in the successful establishment and management of tree crops. While the practice of raising mixed crops is very long-established in this country and while most of the timber felled here in recent times has come from mixed stands, there has been a tendency to depart from this old and well-tried system and to lay down extensive areas under pure spruce or pine. This practice is, no doubt, dictated by financial considerations and the exigencies of large scale afforestation, but if we are to judge by the consequences of similar practices abroad there is a danger that serious losses or disappointment may be experienced...
How to Cite
Clear, T. (1944) “The role of mixed woods in Irish silviculture.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: (Accessed: 17June2024).