Smeaton Lake Woods

The woods around Smeaton Lake contain one of the only significant tree collections in East Lothian with free and regular public access.

Begun in the early 19th century, the lake was excavated from a boggy strip of ground and tree planting was undertaken by the Buchan Hepburn family. Since the early 20th century, Smeaton has been in the ownership of the Gray family, who are now working with NTCS to rejuvenate the woodlands.

Since NTCS began working with Smeaton in 2012, a landscape management plan has been completed, which was supplemented by a visitor survey in summer 2013. Spurred on by this progress, the Smeaton Hepburn Tree Heritage Trust was re-constituted in 2014 to care for and maintain the woodlands in the future.

Subsequently Smeaton has enjoyed further successful funding applications to Forestry Commission Scotland's seedcorn fund and East Lothian Council's Civic Pride Fund, facilitating path works, tree surveys and a new project completed in March 2015 to enhance the interpretation of the collection.

Smeaton Lake Woods


NTCS Interpretation at Smeaton Lake Woods

A short overview of NTCS involvement at Smeaton Lake Woods to date (March 2015) and the new interpretation that has been installed.

NTCS Smeaton Lake Woods Tree Trail Leaflet

A leaflet on the woods at Smeaton Lake including a trail of 20 trees to discover and explore.


Smeaton Lake Woodlands Landscape Management Plan

Smeaton Lake Woodlands Landscape Management Plan, March 2013.

Smeaton Lake Woodlands Visitor Survey Report

The report of a visitor survey undertaken for Smeaton Lake Woodlands to supplement the landscape management plan, August 2013.


Tree Survey Report

The tree survey and condition report for Smeaton Lake Woods and the adjacent parkland.