"Three or four avenues of trees appeared to radiate into the park from the house, leading in a westerly direction to where great woods belonging to the estate - Felborough Wood, Ridge Wood, Big Bourdane, Little Bourdane, Fagg´s Wood, Six Beeches, Cutler´s and Stanner´s Wood - merged into the vast acreage of King´s Wood belonging to the Crown." *
Welcome to the Blog of Cutler´s Wood, an Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland in the Kent North Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
Cutler´s is 42 hectares (ca. 103 acres) of native broadleaf woodland managed primarily as wildlife and flora habitat but also to provide some timber from coppice rotation which is used for traditional fencing and woodfuel. Adjacent to Cutler´s Wood is Cutler´s Farm, made up of the farmyard with barns and 6 hectares (ca. 15 acres) of pasture land, which presently is used for sheep grazing.
Bordering onto the Forestry Commission´s Kings Wood to the south west, privately owned Stanner´s Wood to the north west, The Woodland Trust´s Park Wood to the north and the privately owned Ridge Wood and Felborough Wood to the east, this area makes up over 2000 acres of connected woodland and one of the largest woodlands in the South East of England. This whole area was once part of a royal hunting forest for deer and boar.
Edward Hasted´s map of Cutler´s area published 1798 but showing the area apparently around 1778. Cutler´s Farm seems not to have existed yet.
ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE LOGS FROM CUTLER´S WOOD
We offer hardwood logs from our sustainably managed woodland. All logs are fully seasoned (air dried) for at least one year before delivery. Mostly birch, ash, and hornbeam for open fireplaces and with added chestnut for wood burners, we can deliver either as bulk trailer loads or as 10kg net bags for ease of storing and moving. Please state whether the logs are for an open fireplace or woodburning stove at time of order, this will enable us to deliver the correct mix of logs for your home. Please remember that heating with locally sourced wood fuel is as carbon neutral and environmentally friendly as heating can possibly get. By using local wood you are helping local woodlands to be managed again. Through areas of woodland being regularly harvested and then allowing natural regrowth to take place, the woodland is always changing and in a state of constant flux. As areas are cut, light is allowed in to reach the ground; this sets a whole series of events in motion. Plants which were previously smothered by lack of light suddenly shoot up from previously bare earth; insects, butterflies and the animals that prey on them suddenly appear. Gradually, as tree regrowth regains more height, the canopy slowly closes again and blocks out light, until the next harvesting, years later, starts the whole process over again. By constantly rotating the areas felled, there are different areas of woodland at various stages of growth; this allows a far larger array of flora and fauna to exist in the woods than in a "stagnant growth" woodland left to its own devices. So, as you stare at the flames on a cold winters evening, it´s worthwhile remembering that those flames are at the same time allowing the biodiversity of the Kent countryside to flourish once again.
Prices delivered to your door in the Ashford / Canterbury area are:
Trailer Loads 0.75m³ £ 65.00 Half Load
1.5m³ £ 120.00 Standard Load 2.0m³ £ 150.00 2.5m³ £ 185.00 3.0m³ £ 212.00 3.5m³ £ 240.00 Full Load
Net Bags (approx 10kg per bag)
£ 4.00 each, minimum 20 bags for free home delivery