Land classification for plantation forestry.

  • P.S. Savill Department of Forestry, University of Oxford.
Keywords: Land classification, land use, site productivity, agriculture, land allocation, environment, conservation.


The purposes of land classification as a basis for deciding land use strategies, and the main approaches to it are discussed, including Land Capability and Land Unit classifications. The problems associated with evaluating the various options for the allocation of land are then described, especially in the context of conflicts between agriculture, forestry, conservation, etc. The various classifications used within forestry are discussed, including those based on site productivity, vegetation, soil, climate and multifactor classifications. In conclusion, some thoughts are given on how conflicts over land use many be reduced and the additional types of assessments which may be required in the future.
How to Cite
Savill, P. (1983) “Land classification for plantation forestry.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: (Accessed: 14July2024).