I have quite some land which I want to turn into a nice wood for the
community children to play in.
I was wondering (to figure out how much it would cost me) how many trees per
square kilometre or per square ha I have to plant?
Does anybody know the answer?
It is entirely dependent upon where in the world you live, what the existing
conditions are, and what trees you wish to grow.
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
What a nice idea! It is so rare to see generosity anymore. From my
experience as a child, I would recommend that you don't create a solid
woodland but pockets of trees surrounding large open areas. This way the
children could play hide-and-seek among the densely wooded pockets but still
have room to run around and start a kickball game or fly a kite.
One word of caution. If you live in the United States, I would be concerned
about the eventual lawsuits filed by parents, who should have been
monitoring their own kids but, instead, they sue you for the injuries that
all children get when playing because the injuries occurred on your
property. I'm sure others can chime in about some horror stories. This is
why generosity is so rare. It is a sad commentary on what our society has
become. But perhaps there is some sort of reasonably priced insurance you
could purchase to cover this eventuality.
The spacing of the trees is entirely dependant on their mature size. Look
at the native trees in your area to determine natural spacing and try to
emulate this. Then choose which areas will be forested and which will be
open. Then you can make a guess as to how many trees you will need. And
don't forget the understory plants--they make the best hiding places! Good
luck with your project.
In the temperate climates of the USA the general advice with conifers
(pine, fir, spruce, larch) is to plant them 8' apart then plan on
thinning them to 16' apart when they fill in, usually after 20 years. I
did this with 3 acres and it has worked beautifully. They are not 40
years old. I used eastern white pine, norway spruce and european larch.
You wouldn't want spruce where children play since it has a stiff sharp
needle. Also, larch is a deciduous conifer but is absolutely beautiful
in the spring when the new needles come out. It also has fall color
when the old needles turn color. I would imagine that Belgium has
similar species of trees that do well.
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Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA USA
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