view of woodland through trees

The environment

“We believe conservation is not just a label but a lifestyle we choose to adopt”

The hardwood forests of Britain and Europe have been managed and altered by mankind for centuries. Privately managed woodlands support a variety of wildlife and are therefore fantastic nature reserves.

standing trees autumn woodland floor

Put something back

Harvesting mature trees opens up space enabling younger species to grow and thrive. This rejuvenates the woodland and by replanting it ‘puts something back’. This cyclical process is vital for maintaining beautiful, healthy woodlands. Within our business we make decisions to support the estates’ foresters to work and protect these sites.

stand of chestnut trees in parkland

One year ahead

Trees are felled during winter when sap in the tree is down. Extracting heavy logs with large machinery over wet winter ground damages the fragile soil structure of the forest floor. By purchasing our round logs a year in advance we ask for the logs to be extracted from the forest when ground is either frozen or at the end of the breeding season.

Responsible management

We wholly support the responsible management of our woodlands and ensure we  source timber from sustainable forests. Ben Sutton is committed to conservation and he approaches his trade with care. He personally selects and buys all our timber from managed woodland. Granted by the Forestry Authority, a felling license is proof of where trees are felled, who owned them, that they have been felled legally in an environmentally friendly manner.  This enables us to provide provenance for all our timber.


Nothing is wasted – At our yard at Sotterley Estate waste from our machinery shop is either converted into firewood or is wood chipped to supply biomass boilers.

Highest grade English Oak available for collection