We take a lot of care and attention when it comes to looking after our woodlands using a combination of traditional and modern management techniques to conserve each sites special historic and natural heritage. All management takes place in accordance with an approved Natural England and Forestry Commission Management Plan and Countryside Stewardship Agreement.
Coppicing is a traditional management technique practiced extensively until about 70 years ago. Areas of woodlands, or ‘coupes’, are harvested on a rotation of up to 30 years.
Thinning mimics the natural selection process that occurs if woodland is left untouched, where the number and density of trees would reduce as a woodland matures.
Horse logging is the extraction of timber using horses with a wide range of traditional and modern implements.
We have put together a series of frequently asked questions to explain why we are managing the woodlands.