Hulne Park Sawmill processes approximately 3,000 tonnes of Estate grown coniferous roundwood each year. First operational in 1874, today the sawmill continues to produce many of the traditional products for which it was originally developed.
These include gates and fencing, garden furniture and sheds as well as sawn timber. More recently the business has evolved to include a variety of other fencing materials such as wire and fittings to cater our trade customers. Bespoke items can also be produced and a delivery service is provided with a modern day timber preservation system ensuring the longevity of all products.
Offcuts are converted into firewood and used on the Estate or sold. Other by-products are utilized in the manufacture of panel products and sawdust is collected and used for animal bedding.
Recently refurbished and modernized, the sawmill prides itself on producing a quality end product, secure in the knowledge that the raw material is sourced from a sustainable source - the well managed Estate woodlands.
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The Northumberland Estates has approximately 4,000 ha of forest located throughout Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. This is managed for many purposes from commercial timber production to landscape preservation and enhancement as well as for its sporting, environmental and amenity value.
The woodlands are managed on a sustainable basis whereby a similar area is felled, thinned and restocked each year. Hence timber supplies are assured whilst simultaneously safeguarding reserves for future generations. Approximately 11,000 tonnes is harvested annually of which 3,000 tonnes is converted into fencing and other products in the Estate Sawmill.
The majority of Estate woodland is coniferous, although a recent change in philosophy favours hardwoods with ‘nurse’ softwoods that can be removed as thinnings. Plantations range in size from 400 ha to small copses, hence the management strategy is complex.
Whilst commercial timber production remains important to the Estate, this is far from being the only consideration. A minimum of 15% of the entire forest area is managed primarily for biodiversity and conservation objectives under a policy based upon long-term retention with natural reserves managed through minimum intervention. As additional conservation measures, with Northumberland being one of the few remaining English strongholds of our native red squirrels we take great pains to assist in their survival through a variety of measures.
Increasing public pressure for access to woods for recreation requires multipurpose management. However, a quality product will always sell and therefore our goal is high quality timber production through careful choice of seed in terms of origin and provenance together with correct plant spacing and thinning intensity.