Woodland forms an integral part of the Raby Estate, with over 3200 acres of broadleaf and coniferous plantations occupying land from the high ground of the Wrekin and north Pennine moorland edges, to the lowland margins of the River Tees and the Severn.
Generations of continuous forest management have shaped the woodland landscape and developed a rich diversity of habitat and natural timber resource that is enjoyed today. The woodlands are sustainably managed under long term forest plans which are independently certified under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard. The primary objective of the plans is to produce high quality timber in a responsible manner that safeguards the biodiversity of the woodlands and the landscape in which they are situated.
Following timber harvesting, the regeneration of robust, diverse woodland is a priority and an extensive planting programme ensures that clear-felled areas are suitably re-stocked. The careful selection of productive conifers and native broadleaf trees that are suited to the range of site and climatic conditions across the Estate will improve the resilience of the woodland and ensure continued growth for future generations.