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Woodlands

Forestry is an important activity on the estate, with nearly 2,000 acres of woodland divided between coniferous and deciduous plantings.

If you go down to the woods today...

A major felling operation has begun in Gilly Lees Wood and for public safety we have withdrawn all permissive access to the woodland until felling is complete. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Castle Howard's UKWAS certified woodlands are managed by our own forestry team for commercial timber production, sporting and general amenity. Our woodlands range from commercial coniferous plantations to magnificent mature oak woods. 

Our timber is harvested in a sustainable way and the Castle Howard Tree Nursery supplies our team with trees for replanting the woods after felling operations. Environmental stewardship is at the heart of the wider management of the estate and includes schemes for creating wildlife habitats and improving biodiversity. In recent years older coniferous plantations have been felled and replanted with native broadleaf species such as oak, sycamore and cherry as part of our restoration of ancient woodland sites. 

The department also undertakes forestry contracting services off the estate and manages the Castle Howard Tree Nursery.

 Work in our woodland may occasionally cause delays on certain Public Rights of Way, please follow signage as appropriate.

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Woodland Management Plan

The Woodland Management Plan is the blueprint for the sustainable and sensitive management of our woods, and a copy is available for public inspection in our Estate Office by appointment. Please write to The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA.

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Firewood Log Service

Get cosy this winter with top quality logs from the Castle Howard Estate.

Our seasoned, air-dried hardwood logs are sustainably sourced from the Estate woodlands and we plant approx. 5000 new trees every year to ensure an eco-friendly approach.

Available in full or half loads and with a free home delivery service to customers within a 10 mile radius of the Estate, we provide our local communities with a flexible and quality service.

To book your delivery call our team on 01653 648646.

From our woodlands to your home
Find out more about our Tree Nursery.