Teindland Woodland Nursery 1944-1962
This nursery’s details were located in files annotated as Speymouth Forest Historical documents and are courtesy of Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District.
This short article is likely to have been written for the RSFS visit in 1962 and describes the origins and life of a small ten acre Woodland or Heathland Nursery located at Tiendland Forest. The heathland nurseries were established in response to the significant weeding costs in the traditional forestry nurseries sited on normal agricultural land in the days prior to chemical weed control when countless hours were spend hand weeding the seed beds and transplant lines. The heathland nurseries generally had very low pH values (acidic soils) and weed growth was always much lighter. It is possible also that if the nurseries were established on former conifer tree sites that fungal species populations beneficial to young tree growth were already present in the ground.
The description covers the fertiliser regime of use of ground limestone, hopwaste, superphosphate, muriate of potash and nitrochalk with some details on when Tractor Vaporising Oil (TVO) and White spirit was used to control newly emerging weeds. Further information is provided on production costs per acre and on the number of seeding trees produced per acre of seed bed.
Can any of the people who worked in the nursery be named?
Picture added on 27 August 2015