Short Rotation Forestry

Harvester in actionGrowing and harvesting of trees, short rotation forestry (SRF) and energy crops for woodfuel or biomass, is an increasingly popular, environmentally friendly and sustainable energy source.

Replacing or substituting increasingly expensive, unsustainable and planet damaging use of fossil fuels with sustainably produced trees is the way forward. Renewable energy from wood fuel and biomass is a sustainable way forward where land, lifestyle and end use allows.

Other added benefits are carbon sequestration and the many bonuses of tree planting - creating rapid shelter, screening and wildlife habitat, to list but a few.

How can Cheviot Trees help?

As one of the UK’s major producers of planting stock, we are able to provide a wide variety of species suitable for Short Rotation Forestry and Short Rotation Coppice whether as plants or cutting material. All of our products are backed up by expert technical advice on many subjects from the initial planning right the way to final harvesting.

Suitable Tree Species

WillowAccording to locality, climate, altitude, soil type, exposure – and many other variables - there will be a choice of trees and plants suitable for Woodfuel and Biomass production in your area.


Any species of tree will, in time produce woodland. Click here for a full list of trees and plants available from Cheviot Trees.

Short Rotation Forestry (SRF)

Species more commonly lending themselves to quick productivity and more rapid harvesting:- Sycamore, Sweet Chestnut, Alder, Birch, Poplar, Willow species.

Short Rotation Coppice and Energy Crops

Normal species grown:- Willow species, Poplar.

Helpful Woodfuel Terminology


With many species typically taking between 20 to 70 years to become fully productive, growing trees for biomass can be a very long term project. Woodfuel and biomass production can be a by-product of long term commercial forestry, and can become available at many stages along a wood and forest’s growth. Income from woodfuel adds real value to the thinning and clearfell returns often turning a cash negative woodland operation into a strong cash generator.

Short Rotation Forestry (SRF)

Log pileShort Rotation Forestry (SRF) is the growing of tree crops in an intensive and well managed manner, to maximise yield and productivity in as short a timescale as possible. This involves the careful selection and matching of species to location, and the careful layout and design of the planting in order to combine some early yield (c. 5 to 10yrs), usually via thinning, and also a medium term (c. 10 to 30yrs) yield. The final outcome may result in a long term stand of ‘proper’ timber trees, which could turn into traditional woodland producing a potentially valuable long term timber crop together with a woodfuel supply.

Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) and Energy Crops

Short Rotation Coppice is the most intensive form of production of woodfuel/biomass. Usually crops of woody species, grown in varying degrees of intensity and on agricultural cropping rotations. Energy crops usually re-grow or coppice after harvest. The crop lends itself to automation and easy economical handling and processing.

Woodfuel, Biomass, Energy Crops

All general terms for fuel from trees or woody crops.

Logs, Chunks, Chips, Pellets

All varying types/sizes and formats of processed woodfuel.

Each requires a different handling system and is suitable for varying levels of automation.

How to OrderPackaging & Delivery

Cheviot Trees produces a wide range of cell grown trees and plants. Our ‘cell grown plants’ are similar to small containers and offer many benefits including an extended planting season and excellent survival rates as the plants are supplied with a complete, intact root system.

Visit our cell grown plant page for more information or contact our sales team for more information.

Packaging and delivery information.

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