Balls wood is an ancient woodland, rich in both historical and environmental significance, located to the north of the main house. In recent years, the woodland has been devastated by the effects of the Ash dieback disease. In response, a plan of operations has been developed and implemented, with input from the Forestry Commission and the Royal Forestry Society. Work is currently underway to remove the severely affected ash trees, enabling light to reach the woodland floor and promoting natural regeneration. Supplementary planting with a range of native broadleaf species this winter will further increase diversity, providing protection against the ever-changing climate and growing range of tree diseases.
As custodians of these valuable natural assets, we continue to manage these treasured woodlands for the benefit of future generations to come.