The estate has been synonymous with forestry for over a century now. Lord Lovat’s great grandfather, the 14th Lord Lovat, chaired the Forestry Commission’s first board of directors from 1919 to 1927.
More recently, there has been a raft of new planting with over 70 hectares (173 acres) of native woodland planted on marginal land, previously used for extensive agriculture or industrial use. Over and above these larger blocks of woodland we have also planted approximately 3,100 amenity trees across various areas, including the Cnoc Na Rath walk in Beauly and around Groam Of Annat.
The species mix tends to be dominated by oak, along with birch, rowan, larch, pine and spruce. We continue to manage the commercial woodlands in line with forestry best practice, thinning plantations, harvesting when the trees reach maturity and re planting over subsequent years.
Managing woodland on the estate is an ongoing task. We take the responsibility of tree maintenance incredibly seriously, particularly around areas of public access. Should you want to get in touch regarding tree health and safety on the estate then please do so.