Leithenwater takes in 3360 acres (1360 ha) of commercial forestry. These woodlands were mainly planted from 1969 through to the mid-1970s. After 45 years, much of this has now entered the productive stage and is ready to be harvested.
Clear felling areas ready for harvest presents a tremendous ecological opportunity to re-plant with more diverse forestry. When replanting, we carefully consider the age structure of the forest and the tree species - specifying a diverse mix of hardwoods. How woodlands are landscaped in conjunction with open ground is also an important consideration. With these considerations at the heart of our planting programmes, we create stronger ecologies and wildlife habitats, and more visually appealing woodlands.
An astonishing 60 000 trees are planted at Leithenwater per year.
Woodlands on the estate are managed to The UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). This high standard firmly and responsibly prioritises the environment through sustainability. It takes into account governmental UK Forestry Standards and those of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).