The Forest Reproductive Material (FRM) Regulations

The Forest Reproductive Material (FRM) regulations provide a system of control of tree seed, cuttings and planting stock used for woodland planting.

They ensure that planting stock is traceable, throughout the collection and production process, to a registered source of basic material eg: trees, stands of trees or seed orchards, and provides guidance on its genetic quality.

In Northern Ireland the regulations apply to plantings greater than 0.2 hectares, but exclude landscape plantings for road and rail schemes, and urban planting relating to industrial and domestic development. However all Forest Service grant-aided planting is included.

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