Effects on farmland

Wilding conifers affect our farmlands, livelihoods and ultimately our national economy.

Wilding conifers can quickly colonise farmland and significantly reduce the available grazing land, if seedlings aren’t managed through mob-stocking or other means. Spreading, wilding conifers can also:

  • limit tourism and recreation-related activities
  • harbour pests and diseases
  • fuel devastating wild fires.

Unlike orderly commercial forests, where trees are thinned and there’s good road access, wilding conifer forests can be dense and impenetrable, and the trees can be different species, ages and shapes. All this makes removal difficult, with harvest costs being more than the trees are worth.