The woodlands were largely felled during the second world war to provide for the war effort. Post-war, they were replanted largely with soft-woods to produce wood for building and pulp for paper.
Two large areas of soft woods were recently clear-felled and the resulting regenerative growth indicated that both areas were sites of ancient woodland. They have since both been replanted with broadleaf species.
The Estate has now very nearly realised its ambition to replace all its soft-wood with hard-wood. The woodlands are all FSC approved.