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Respace natural regeneration

Respacing is the cutting to waste of closely stocked and established regenerated trees and young saplings at an early stage - before canopy closure. To be eligible for this payment, the current stocking density of your woodland must exceed 4,000 stems per hectare.

You should ensure that the trees are cut as close as possible to the ground (below the bottom ring of branches) to ensure no regrowth.

The operation should be carried out to produce stocking densities at 2,000 to 3,000 broadleaf stems per hectare and 2,000 to 3,000 conifer stems per hectare.