Foresters

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A forest area at Ashridge

A forest area at Ashridge

Foresters care for the woodland to help keep it healthy so that it continues to provide a home for the wide variety of plants and animals to thrive here.

Did you know that our forestry team harvest all the usable timber on the estate and process it in our own on-site sawmill? All monies raised in this way go towards the upkeep of this lovely place. Most of the wood cut is oak, sweet chestnut and larch, though ash, beech and cherry can be cut on request.

The wood can be cut to order in any reasonable size, though we do not cut firewood or logs for burning (these can be bought from Rod and Tim Wilson on 01442 842716). The mill provides wood chips for mulching by the bagful or by the trailer load locally.

There are a variety of items we make to sell, including raised beds, planters and trellis of varying sizes.

Meet our team

  • Ashridges head forester, Bob Davis © Bee Saville

    Head forester Bob Davis

    Last year Bob celebrated his 40th year working on the estate. He has vast knowledge of Ashridge.<...

  • Ashridges second forester, Chrissy Hardy © Bee Saville

    Estate forester Chrissy Hardy

    Chrissy has worked at Ashridge for six years. One of her responsibilities is managing the sawmill...

  • Ashridge parkland forester Ben Byfield © Bee Saville

    Park forester, Ben Byfield

    Ben is the parkland forester and is very knowledgeable on the history of Ashridge park.

  • Ashridge forester Steve May © Kate Jarvis

    Assistant forester Stephen Mayes

    Steve is the chainsaw and wood carving expert down at the Estate yard. His work is very popular.<...

  • Ashridge forester Andrew © Bee Saville

    Assistant forester Andrew Simpkins

    Andrew is a whizz with machinery so is always in demand at the sawmill.

Here's what we do

  • Ashridge project to clear Corsican pines © Coralie Hancock-Barnett

    Clearing the pines

    A long-term project of removing Corsican pines, to clear chalk grassland, is now underway.

  • Coppicing beech on the Ashridge Estate © Bee Saville

    Coppicing beech

    Coppicing involves cutting trees and shrubs down to ground level so that they sprout again.

  • Foresters moving a carved wooden bench on the Ashridge estate © Kate Jarvis

    Moving garden furniture

    Foresters moving a carved wooden bench from the visitor centre courtyard to the wildlife area.

Heelis garden

Ashridge timber used in the garden at Heelis © Chrissy Hardy

Ashridge timber used in the garden at Heelis

This attractive retaining wall round the garden at the Heelis entrance is built from Ashridge timber.

Chedworth Roman villa

Ashridge wood used for Chedworth Roman villa protection © NTPL

Ashridge wood used for Chedworth Roman villa protection

The award winning new barn constructed to protect Chedworth Roman villa's West Range mosaics, was built from Ashridge timber.

New roof at Stowe

Timber from the Ashridge Estate used at Stowe © Chrissy Hardy

Timber from the Ashridge Estate used at Stowe

This lovely new, award-winning roof on the restaurant at the New Inn visitor centre, Stowe, is made from Ashridge larch.

Inside view

Ashridge timber used for restaurant roof at Stowe © Chrissy Hardy

Ashridge timber used for restaurant roof at Stowe

The roof on the New Inn visitor centre, Stowe, looks just as good from the inside...

Our timber helps get gold at Chelsea

The hut built from Ashridge timber for the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show © Water Aid

The hut built from Ashridge timber for the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show

Timber from the Ashridge Estate was used in the construction of this hut, in a gold-medal-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.  This is Ashridge's second partnership with local garden design company, Touch of France.

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