Mar 2013
Electricity Distribution
Tree Growth Regulator
Mar 2013
Western Power Distribution
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The project is investigating the effect of the plant growth regulator Paclobutrazol (PBZ) on tree vitality and growth rates. Six field trial sites have been established, supported by thirteen 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 PBZ evaluation were selected to represent those that occur commonly on or near overhead networks.
The projects aims to monitor the rate of vegetation growth and implement tree growth regulators to reduce maintenance costs.