With over 400 acres of woodland including semi ancient mature stands of oak ash and hazel, purpose managed sycamore plantations, arable shelter belts and alder carrs, the Estate’s woodland is well distributed and diverse. A long term view is taken on mature hardwoods and selective thinning is carried out where necessary. Removal of soft woods from ancient woodland goes towards the fuelling of 4 biomass boilers and hardwood thinnings produce in excess of 200 tons of fire wood each year. Annual coppicing of hazel on a 15 year rotation greatly enhances biodiversity whilst producing healthy coppice stools. A network of woodland rides and glades form a focal point for rare orchids and fragile populations of woodland butterflies like the white admiral and pearl bordered fritillary.