Steensgaard’s woodlands are maintained following organic principles, and like the rest of the farm, without the use of any chemicals or pesticides.
In managing these woodlands we highly consider the operational aspects as much as their natural value and biodiversity.
Our woodlands are FSC® / PEFC certified, which means that no more trees are felled than the woods can regenerate, and that both animal and plant life are protected.
Foot traffic is allowed in the woods under the Nature Protection Act’s access rules for private forests.
In all, Steensgaard’s woodlands consist of 436 hectares divided in to 11 separate areas:
Østrupgaard, Malsdam, Enemærket, Dured, Hanneslund, Rønnemose, Falden, Kildeskov, Toppenhøje, Dyreborg, Hesbjerggaard together with several smaller copses.
Tree species in these 436 hectares are distributed as follows:
Beech 137 ha 32%
Oak 94 ha 22%
Other hardwood 108ha 25%
Spruce 28 ha 6%
Other conifers 33 ha 7%
Ornamental greenery 24 ha 5%
Pine 3 ha 1%
Coppice 9ha 2%
The proportion of hardwood in relation to other comparable forest districts is very high, standing at 81%, and is desirable in terms of sustainability since the vast majority of hardwoods are capable of renewal.
The district is inclusive of most types of soil, from the sandy loams of the north to the coastal, more clay-based earth of the south. From a woodlands point of view the area is therefore extremely versatile, with a diverse range of habitats and biodiversity- which us exactly what we are working to protect and improve upon in our daily operation.
Both our beech and oak forests are characterized by many ancient stands, the oldest of which is a copse of oak dating back to 1832. These naturally rich woodlands are extensively protected from future development.