Cowdray Woods

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Responsibly and sustainably

Managing our Woods

Our Estate, which is based around the town of Midhurst in West Sussex, extends to about 16,000 acres, of which 36% is woodland, three times the national average.

Conifers form 53%, broadleaf high forest 25%, Chestnut coppice 14% with the other 8% being made up of shrub and bare areas.

The woodlands at Cowdray are certified under international sustainable management standards in accordance with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). This means that our timber and wood products carry the FSC® mark of responsible forestry.


sustainable yield

Woodland Management

The woods at Cowdray are managed under a long term plan which ensures that a sustainable yield of timber is harvested. It also outlines how the forest will look in the future, what management techniques we will use and what species will be planted for the next generation.

Woodland Management


Our primary objective is to produce quality timber from woods that are well managed and provide benefits to wildlife. The Estate produces approximately 10,000 cubic metres of timber per year.



The Estate undertakes a comprehensive programme of Forest Regeneration, using planting and natural regeneration to establish the next generation of trees.

what we offer

Wood Products


Our Sawmill utilises wood harvested on the Estate to produce a range of products such a gate posts, sleepers, cladding boards and fencing products. We specialise in sawing Douglas Fir and Larch, two species noted for their durability.


We have recently invested in a charcoal kiln to utilise the hardwood off cuts from the sawmill. It has excellent heat production and retention, and is very easy to light. Charcoal can be purchased from the Cowdray Farm Shop.


The Estate is an approved woodchip supplier and is registered on the Biomass supplier list.
We can supply boiler quality or garden quality woodchip within the local area.

Further information


Contact us for more information about prices.

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