The National Programme is researching control methods and developing guidelines for good practice. These guides summarise standards expected for safe wilding conifer control.
Aerial spraying by helicopter boom (AFSA) can be a cost-effective way to control large areas of dense wilding conifer infestations.
Latest update: May 2023
The ABBA method of wilding conifer control involves chemically ring-barking trees by using a wand to apply herbicide from a helicopter. Dead trees are left standing until they naturally rot away. It is the most efficient way to control scattered wildings in difficult-access areas or within high value vegetation.
Latest update: May 2023 - (some minor wording edits changed June 2023)
Cut stump is a control method that involves cutting a tree down and applying herbicide to the cut stump to prevent regrowth. It is suitable for the control of trees which are accessible from the ground and where the risk of damage to surrounding vegetation is minimal or not a concern.
Latest update: November 2021
It’s important to always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the cutting tool you are using.
This video helps to give guidance on mitigating fire risk for contractors during wilding control operations.
Helicopter transport is essential for wilding control work in remote places. Passengers must follow instructions of the Pilot and their appointed Load Master.
This video explains the Load Master role and what passengers must do.
Published in April 2023
Latest update: June 2023
This video demonstrates how to stay safe around helicopters as a passenger.