Wednesday 28 June 2017

Maintaining The Estate’s Woodlands

Our woodlands extend to 1008 hectares, centred around Jedburgh. Apart from three large woodland blocks the majority of them are shelterbelts and strips spread throughout the Estate, varying in size, age and species. The woodlands are multipurpose and are managed to provide timber, sporting habitats, shelter, landscape enhancement, public access, amenity and conservation habitats.

The principal tree species in the woodlands is Scots Pine, but there is also a significant area of broadleaves especially around Monteviot House and Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre. The woodland areas around the Waterloo Monument that towers over the Estate are said to have originally been laid out in the formation of the advancing British army at Waterloo.

Within the woodlands are three Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s). Totalling 22 hectares, all are located within the Jedwater Woodlands to the south of Jedburgh, relict fragments from the ancient old Jed Forest. A number of veteran trees grow on the Estate, the most notable being The King O’ The Wood and The Capon Tree featured in the Tree Council’s ‘Great British Trees’ in 2002.

The Forestry team manage the woodlands but are also responsible for maintaining fences and hedges across the whole Estate.