1) In early uses of this word the references are to placing plants in the ground or to establishing settlements of people overseas, as in Ireland and New England. As a word for a new wood of planted trees it is recorded from 1669 (OED).
Estate accounts in Yorkshire contain references from the late eighteenth century: 1781-2 Ambrose Lockwood and D Sykes weeding and cleaning the plantation on the Hill side and at top of Quarry near Whitley Hall
1810 3 days setting out Firs in Fixby Plantations 16s 6d. The Huddersfield Nurseryman and Ornamental Gardener William Pontey emphasised the Use, Ornament, or Shelter of plantations in The Forest Pruner.