Forestry

Forestry

There are 1,400 hectares of woodland at Sandringham made up of a mixture of hardwood and softwood trees

The type of tree depends 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, hornbeam and beech. The 280-hectare Country Park woodland is open to the public throughout the year.

All of the woodland at Sandringham provides a valuable wildlife habitat, which Sandringham tries to preserve with its policy of continuous cover to achieve a diverse range of species and woodland structure.

The timber when felled is used for the Sandringham’s own sawmill for fencing rails, posts and firewood, as well as being used for chipping into fuel for biomass boilers.