Welcome to Reforesting Scotland

New website on the way!

THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN REPLACED. Reforesting Scotland now has a WordPress website, still chock full of interesting content, but now able to be updated by a diverse team of staff and volunteers. Visit the new Reforesting Scotland website here.

A cabin built on from green sitka spruce felled on site at Dunbeag, Argyll. Photo by Bob Mitchell

Restoring the land and the people

Reforesting Scotland is a network of people involved or interested in restoring Scotland's forest cover and culture. Scotland was once a forest land, until human activities stripped it of almost all its ancient woodland. We believe that bringing back the forest would make Scotland richer economically, ecologically and culturally.

Reforesting Scotland is a broad network. We bring together foresters and foragers, architects and artists, landowners and land reformers, writers, ecologists, chefs, diggers, dreamers and ordinary people with a love of trees.

Reforesting Scotland's projects bubble up from this network. These have ranged from community woodlands and the sustainable harvesting of forest produce to promoting wood as a fuel. We have seeded a number of organisations which are now at the heart of Scotland's forest culture, such as the Community Woodlands Association. We remain at the leading edge of the debate and the action on Scotland's woods.

Reforesting Scotland News:


IDENTIFYING ASH DIEBACK The Forestry Commission have provided this useful 2-minute video, detailing how to identify Chalara fraxinea in the field.

Reforesting Scotland is moving! During October 2012 the office will move from central Edinburgh to Falkland, in Fife. The new contact details are: Reforesting Scotland, The Stables, Falkland Estate, Falkland, Fife KY15 7AF 01337 857488.
At the same time we are welcoming Emily, and saying goodbye to Anna, who has kept the RS office in such good order for the last few years. Many thanks, Anna, and best wishes for the future.

Photo of Cairngorms National ParkReforesting Scotland Gathering 2012 - 5-7 October, Near Aviemore
- 3 glorious and thought-provoking days of visits and discussions in well-wooded Speyside landscapes.

Cover of issue 46 of the Reforesting Scotland journalNew Reforesting Scotland Journal! Autumn/Winter 2012 - 'The living forest' - tying in with this year's Annual Gathering in Speyside.
With this issue we also have to say farewell and huge thanks to the outgoing editor, Ida Maspero, who has seen the journal through 8 issues and masterminded its transition to glorious full colour.

New consultation response by RS: Strategic Directions for the National Forest Estate

Cover of the Handbook of Scotland’s Wild HarvestsA Handbook of Scotland's Wild Harvests
Launched this July at the Big Tent festival! - a companion to the Tree Planter's Guide, with expert material from members of both Reforesting Scotland and the Scottish Wild Harvests Association. Get your copy from the Reforesting Scotland office!

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Reforesting Scotland banner handcrafted in felt by Sheila Bates. Photo by Les Bates.

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