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
Head forester Bob Davis
Last year Bob celebrated his 40th year working on the estate. He has vast knowledge of Ashridge.<...
Estate forester Chrissy Hardy
Chrissy has worked at Ashridge for six years. One of her responsibilities is managing the sawmill...
Park forester, Ben Byfield
Ben is the parkland forester and is very knowledgeable on the history of Ashridge park.
Assistant forester Stephen Mayes
Steve is the chainsaw and wood carving expert down at the Estate yard. His work is very popular.<...
Assistant forester Andrew Simpkins
Andrew is a whizz with machinery so is always in demand at the sawmill.
Here's what we do
Clearing the pines
A long-term project of removing Corsican pines, to clear chalk grassland, is now underway.
Coppicing involves cutting trees and shrubs down to ground level so that they sprout again.
Moving garden furniture
Foresters moving a carved wooden bench from the visitor centre courtyard to the wildlife area.
This attractive retaining wall round the garden at the Heelis entrance is built from Ashridge timber.
Chedworth Roman villa
The award winning new barn constructed to protect Chedworth Roman villa's West Range mosaics, was built from Ashridge timber.
New roof at Stowe
This lovely new, award-winning roof on the restaurant at the New Inn visitor centre, Stowe, is made from Ashridge larch.
The roof on the New Inn visitor centre, Stowe, looks just as good from the inside...
Our timber helps get gold at Chelsea
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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