How Quickly Does Willow Grow And MoreWillow Energy FAQs
Willow grows at approximately 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 metres) per year. It is usually ready to coppice for the first time after three years of growth.
Willow growth is quite dense, so you can grow a lot in a reasonably small space. However, the total amount will depend on the type of land, size of your fields, where in the UK you are based, and how high you are above sea level. Other factors will also be taken into account and we can advise approximate figures with a free consultation.
Unlike with trees, willow shrub roots can be easily removed once you no longer want the plantation. Although it’s advisable to leave willow to grow for 10 - 20 years in order to benefit financially, the roots are reasonably easy to remove when you like. This then clears the land for further coppices of willow or other uses.
If planted too close to the surface, then willow roots can block and destroy drains. If you have a heavily drained field, then a different crop may be more suitable to your land. We can advise at a free consultation, so please do get in touch to speak to one of our experts.
Willow grows best in full sun and planted in moist but well drained soil. However, it is a hardy plant and is adaptable to many situations. Please contact us for a free consultation and viability report.
Willow whips should ideally be planted in the spring, usually in April. However, the best time will vary depending on the land’s location and recent weather conditions.
For the best yield, a willow coppice is best grown for 10 to 20 years. It can then be entirely cleared to make space either for a new plantation of willow, or to free up the land for alternative uses.
If your land floods seasonally, then planting SRC willow shrubs can be an excellent way of utilising the space. While the plant won’t withstand extreme or constant flooding, it still does well in such conditions when other plants would rot and die.