The workings of the forest
We decided to take the drivers path yesterday at Kielder, stunning walks and drives!
Kielder Water & Forest Park forms part of the largest man made forest in Northern Europe. Each year the Forestry Commission harvests around half a million cubic metres of timber with the wood being used for many applications:
- constructional grade timber for house building
- logs for pallet wood and fencing
- small roundwood for chipboard and other panel products
- pulpwood for card production
- wood fuel both for domestic and industrial uses.
There are around 200 people employed both directly and indirectly in timber harvesting and so the forest plays a vital role in the economy of the north east of England.
Every winter/spring the Forestry Commission plants three and a half million trees to replace the ones which have been cut down. The water surface area of Kielder Water is about 1000 ha – this represents the same size of area which is replanted with trees each and every year.
Kielder Forest is managed sustainably and is a valuable home and sanctuary for many species of flora and fauna, including deer, squirrels birds of prey, border mires with peat bog plant species.
The forest thrives as a truly outstanding example of modern forests.