The Crown Estate is a diverse portfolio of UK buildings, shoreline, seabed, forestry, agriculture and common land that generates valuable revenue for the government every year. It enhances the value of its rural estate through active management, stewardship, and community participation. Much of its forestry is managed ‘in-hand’ but just over 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) is leased to the Forestry Commission.
A further 3,000 plus hectares lies on the Windsor estate. In managing these resources to optimise revenue and capital growth it also delivers a wide range of stewardship objectives. The Crown Estate’s woodland management prioritises programmes to improve timber quality, commercial return and woodland structure, and all its forests are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
The Crown Estate welcomes the use of its forests for events and activities and encourages educational use for forest schools and nature walks and looks forward to continued use of this resource in schools across England, Scotland and Wales.