The Estate has approximately 1780 acres of woodlands under management which is used for both commercial and amenity purposes. Hunters Hill has been in continuous forestry for at least four centuries and many of the large Douglas Fir and European Larch planted in the 1890s are retained purely for their majestic size and amenity value. The commercial timber is predominantly good quality Larch which was planted in the 1950s.

The Estate has had a long-term commitment to produce income from timber sales whilst continuing to improve the landscape and conservation value from the woodlands. Parts of the woodlands were included in the ‘Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland (1987)’, in which they obtained an outstanding rating in five of the six assessed categories.

The Estate woodland was one of the first to enter the Forestry Commission approved 10 year Forest Plan in 2001. This Plan was reviewed in 2011 and updated for a further 10 year period. The plan places great emphasis on continuous cover forestry and all felled areas are re-stocked with a variety of hardwoods and commercial conifers to promote biodiversity and income for the Estate.

The Sawmill

Conifer timber produced from the woodlands is primarily converted in the sawmill for fencing and joinery products or sold to Angus Biofuels for chipping to supply woodfuel boilers in local schools.

The timber is available untreated or can be pressure treated at the nearby timber yard of James Jones & Sons. Special orders can be cut to the customer’s specification but some of the more popular products are listed below;

Type Size
Strainer 8’ – 10’6’’
Turner 8′
Stakes/Posts 5’6’’ x 3’’ x 3’’ / 5’ x 2’’ x 2’’ / 8’ x 3’’ x 3’’
Rails 12’ x 3.5’’ x 1.25’’
Boards 12’ x 6’’ x 0.75’’
Pickets 3’6’’ x 3’’ x 0.75’’
Tree Stakes 5’ x 1.5’’ x 1.5’’
Building Timber 8’’ x 2’’ / 6’’ x 2’’ / 4’’ x 2’’ / 8’ x 4’’ x 4’’

Domestic firewood can be purchased from the sawmill. Prices on application.

For further information please contact the Estate Office on 01307 840242 or