Romania Forests

About 100 kilometres north-west of Bucharest, Ingleby owns three large forests totaling 7,261 hectares. The dominant broadleaf species are beech, oak and lime but we also have cherry, ash and maple. At one forest we also have spruce and fir.

 

Almost half of the trees are between 60-80 years. Because the forests is rather young, our main task is to thin the forests, so we can improve the quality and species composition.

 

We promote natural regeneration. This means that when the forest stands reach the harvesting age, we reduce the density of the forest so the young plants can grow.

 

We do not use intensive harvesting. We only remove the old trees in a stand once it is 100% populated with new young trees (this process takes about 30 years). Also, we protect very large old trees, that are usually rotten inside. They are of prime importance for specialised forest flora and fauna and help enhance the biodiversity of our forests.

 

In general, we follow the FSC principles for responsible forest management.

Environmental

We manage our forests to the highest environmental standards. 338 hectares are under Protection Class 2A, which defines areas where only thinning is permitted. 427 hectares are under the NATURA 2000 scheme, where logging is permitted, but we take special precautions for flora and fauna. A further 2,831 hectares are defined as a "silent area" where hunting is prohibited.

 

One of our forests is situated in one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas of Romania. We often see wild boars, brown bears, grey wolves, wild cats, red deer and lynx. Sometimes we see Carpathian chamois on the neighbouring sunny mountain slopes.

 

We have built a good relationship with the local communities. We focus on environmental educational projects and they help us care for the forest. We hope that these projects will teach the local communities to respect and care for our forests as much as we do.

Currently, we are busy thinning the forests by felling poor performing trees. We have a lot of forest with trees aged between 80-100 years. They will not be harvested until they are at least 110 years old, therefore regular thinning now will ensure a high quality forest in 20 or 30 years.”
Gabriel Miron, Ingleby Romania Forests