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Whole tree harvesting ups output

Depending on its age and size, the stem of a tree accounts for about 50-60pc of its total volume.

The branches, stump and root system make up the balance. Consequently, in conventional harvesting, a significant proportion of the potentially useable fibre is left in the forest. All is not lost, however, because a proportion of this dead wood is essential for the ecological health of the woodland and should always be retained.

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