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Woodlands

The actively managed woodland comprises approximately 1,250 acres of mainly ancient semi natural woodland or ancient woodland sites and the predominant crop is Oak and Sweet Chestnut, these woods were originally part of the Forest of Bere.

20% of the Estate’s woodland were damaged in the great storms of 1987 & 1989. The resultant damage meant the estate replanted large areas of oak, ash and sweet chestnut.

The Estate no longer has a sawmill and all work is done by contractors, some of whom live on the Estate.  The hard wood timber was historically used in ship building and the finest oak wood from the Estate was used to repair the York Minster Cathedral roof after the fire in 1984.  The Estate has some of the tallest and straightest oak in the county, which have won numerous prizes.