Mar 2013
Electricity Distribution
Tree Growth Regulator
Mar 2013
UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies
The project is investigating the effect of a Tree Growth Regulator (TGR) on tree vitality and growth rates. Six field trial sites have been established, supported by 13 observational sites throughout GB to represent a diverse range of bio-climatic zones. There are two sites in each of the participating network operator’s licence areas. Tree species selected for TGR evaluation were selected to represent those that occur commonly near to overhead networks, and where both the landowner and the DNO may find mutual benefit in using TGRs to manage growth and health of trees.
The project aims to ascertain the inherent ability of tree growth regulators to manage rate of vegetation growth and reduce maintenance costs, whilst improving vitality of vegetation.