During 2018 you will see some timber thinning and felling taking place at Marks Hall. Don’t worry, this is all part of the Forestry commissions planned harvesting of commercial timber, and provides us with exciting opportunities for the future.

After the Second World War, areas of Marks Hall Estate were leased to the Forestry Commission for commercial forestry. In carefully planned cycles, this timber is periodically harvested. It is now reaching maturity and large areas are being felled as the trees are now around 60 years old. Once the timber has been extracted the land reverts back to Marks Hall.

In 2018, 5,500 tonnes of commercial timber, predominantly Scots and Corsican pine will be extracted by the Forestry Commission from certain areas across the Estate. It is the largest scale felling we have seen at Marks Hall in recent years.

There will be lots of work to do, clearing stumps, picking out roots and Second World War rubble and beginning to landscape these areas. It provides us with a wonderful opportunity to develop more areas of the Arboretum, reinstate areas of native woodland and for dormant plants to being emerging from the Woodland floor. Plans are already underway for how some of these areas can be incorporate into the Asian and North American zones of the Arboretum.

In fact, there is a very good chance that you won’t see any of the work taking place at all. Large areas of
the Arboretum and our semi-natural ancient woodlands will remain completely untouched. If you do come across any of the works, please follow safety advice and adhere to clearance zones. And if you'd like to help then please visit our volunteering page to find out more.