Forestry Overview

180325 Mains Hill and Bowland woodlands

Well, it’s not really forestry but we have some blocks of forestry which are grown ‘commercially’ although they are generally less than 1 hectare in area so perhaps they join the rest of our silvicultural activities in the “woodland” category.

What we hope to achieve is to grow quality timber which looks good in the landscape, sequesters carbon and contributes to the environment. Whether we grow fine straight oaks, commercial conifers, native woodlands or parkland trees the same amount of thought and forward thinking go into the planning and the same amount of arboriculture takes place as they grow.

Having just planted 60 acres (24 hectares) of native species up a hidden valley behind William Law to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne of Great Britain, we are feeling quite pleased with our green credentials and very pleased with the outcome. The Halkburn Diamond Jubilee Wood is thriving and will soon start to look and feel like real native wodland full of life and our glorious Scottish wildlife.

On the south side of the same hill, and almost contiguous with the Halkburn Wood, we have some of the remains of the Ettrick Forest with some wonderful old trees dating back 500 years and more, some showing signs of pollarding to allow cattle to graze beneath them. We recently hosted a visit from the Royal Scottish Forestry Society who enjoyed a stop and discussion among these historical echoes.