LIFE Forest Fit for Future

The forest of Brøns (196 acres) is a cooperative, founded in 1881 by the citizens of Brøns parish. The forest is situated near Skærbæk in Southern Jutland, just 5 kilometres from the North Sea and the Wadden Sea. By the founding of the cooperative, the region was under German supremacy.  
The planting of the forest took place from 1881 to 1940. The German Forstmeister Carl Emeis recommended planting of the first approximately 40 acres. The Emeis-cultures is known by the mixed vegetation, which among others are Fir, Pine, Oak, Beech Spruce, Sitka spruce, Larch and Douglas fir. Emeis did not use deep ploughing instead he established the so called”Rabattenkulturen”. In the Rabattenkulturen were ditches dug every 8 meters. The soil dug up should among others, inhibit the growth of heather. The vegetation planted after 1920 was mainly Spruce and Sitka spruce.

For decades, the forest of Brøns has been run by mixed vegetation’s and principles for selective cutting. When the storm in 1999 hit the area, it caused 52 acres windfalland spread storm damage in the entire stands.

After the 1999 storm, the board decided that the Emeis-stands forward should be a widespread natural rejuvenation in the areas where Spruce and Sitka spruce previously had been monocultures.

The forest is now a day run by Close to Nature Forestry principles with the following objectives:

  • Growth and firewood per acres must be increased
  • The quality of the production must be raised
  • Securing of the cultivation basis

Besides the above-mentioned objectives, the forest meet local recreation tasks e.g. an MTB-trail.

The forest was PEFC-certified in 2017.

Martin Bösselmann