All of the woodland on the Rougham Estate is managed in a sustainable way to protect the landscape and provide a constantly improving habitat for wildlife and woodland flora and fauna.
The majority of our broadleaf woodland is dominated by oak and ash. We have over 110 acres of ancient and semi natural woodland. This is woodland dating back to the original forests of England before the intervention of man. We are reintroducing coppice management into this area, which is the ancient forestry system whereby the understory is cut down every ten to fifteen years, letting light onto the forest floor. This encourages woodland flora such as bluebells, primroses, oxslips and wild garlic which in turn provide food for insects and so support a rich woodland ecosystem including bats, birds, land mammals and reptiles. Above them rise the full sized forest trees which are mainly oak and ash. Sycamore and Beech feature in the northern part of the Estate, particularly in Rougham Park. Mixed and pure coniferous plantations are dominated by Douglas Fir and Spruce.
The mixed plantations are managed to favour the broadleaved trees, usually oaks, with a view to the production of a broadleaved wood towards the end of the plantations life. When these plantations reach the end of their lives, a proportion of the old crop will be left, this will consist of both broadleaved trees and conifers. Dead standing trees will also be left where it is safe to do so. These provide important habitat for woodpeckers. It is important also to leave a significant amount of deadwood on the forest floor, which importantly provides the habitat for many types of insects, fungi and bryophites. A new woodland will then be planted favouring native species of broadleaved trees with a view to developing this a as continuous cover woodland, in other words there will not be any further clear fells, in favour of the encouragement of natural regeneration and small patches of planted trees where this system fails to work.
Timber produced on the Estate is sold for a range of uses including; furniture making, firewood, biomass chip, charcoal, paper pulp, sawn planks and fencing materials.
Rougham Estate woodlands are nationally known for the high standard of their woodland management over many years. Sir Keith Agnew was a highly respected forester and won many awards. He was the first national winner of the Minet Award for Forestry and Woodland Management in 1987 and also the Forestry Commission Cup in 1988.
Rougham Estate is proud to be a member
of the Royal Forestry Society.