Forestry

Forestry

There are 1,400 hectares of woodland on the Estate made up of a mixture of hardwood and softwood trees, depending on the soil type which can vary considerably from sandy heath to chalk; while Corsican and Scots pine were widely planted in the 1950s, recent plantations have tended to be of broadleaf trees such as oak, sweet chestnut, ash and beech.  The 280-hectare Country Park woodland is open to the public throughout the year. 

All of the woodland on the Estate provides a valuable wildlife habitat, which the Estate tries to preserve with its policy of continuous cover favouring broadleaves.  The timber when felled is used for the Estate’s own sawmill for fencing rails and posts and firewood, as well as being sold for chipping into horse bedding.