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2 February 2013

Reforesting Scotland Imbolc Ceilidh: 2 February 2013, 7pm - midnight

With Hud Yer Wheest ceilidh band and friends
at Edinburgh Steiner School, 60 Spylaw Road, Edinburgh
with raffle, bar and snacks

Tickets: £10/£6.50, available soon from

This is a ceilidh collective event, raising funds for Reforesting Scotland and the 1000 Huts campaign.

12 November 2012

Identifying Ash Dieback

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

October 2012

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.

5-7 October 2012

RS Gathering 2012 - Badaguish, Near Aviemore: 5-7 October 2012

Photo of Cairngorms National Park

This year's Reforesting Scotland Gathering was based at Badaguish, near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. The Annual Gathering is a great opportunity to meet, or reconnect with, other people how are interested in restoring Scotland's forest cover and culture!

This year we looked at the important natural and cultural heritage of the fine woodlands of Strathspey and explored the past, present and possible future stewardship of this highly forested landscape. How could the area become one more aligned to our vision? - an area with a sustainable forest culture and economy, with strong markets for locally produced forest products and associated social and ecological restoration.

The Friday's Buildings Tour looked at exciting timber buildings in the area, from a log house to an affordable timber housing development to a great wee wooden cabin. Saturday's visits included the work of the Kingussie Community Development Company, pinewood restoration at Abernethy RSPB reserve and a guided walk to Ryvoan featuring stories of the landscape. Some visits were particularly family-friendly, so children were very welcome. There was the traditional ceilidh knees-up on the Saturday evening, talks, workshops and lots of informal networking opportunities. Accommodation at Badaguish was in timber lodges, wigwams or camping, deep in the pinewoods of Glenmore and Rothiemurchus.

The full programme for the weekend is downloadable below. We were able to keep prices low thanks to the financial support of Cairngorms National Park Authority.

Full programme for the weekend (PDF file 1.4MB).

There will be reports on the Gathering in the next Radical Rowan newsletter. Email if you'd like to contribute, and email if you have any photos of the Gathering to share.

Cover of issue 46 of the Reforesting Scotland journal

2 October 2012

Reforesting Scotland Journal No.46 - 'The living forest'

The latest journal is its way to Reforesting Scotland members, also available from outlets around the UK and from the Reforesting Scotland office. Its theme ties in with the RS Annual Gathering, happening in Strathspey this month.

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.

September 2012

New consultation response: Strategic Directions for the National Forest Estate

Part of Reforesting Scotland's role is to express our vision to public bodies. Our latest statement, a response to the 2012 consultation on the future of the National Forest Estate, is online now.

July 2012

Cover of the Handbook of Scotland’s Wild HarvestsA Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests

Published this July! This exciting new book was produced by the same team as the Tree Planter's Guide, with expert material from members of both Reforesting Scotland and the Scottish Wild Harvests Association. Contact the RS office for members' offers, or if you would like to help distribute or sell the book.

See the Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests page for more information.

20-21 July 2012

Big Tent Festival - 20-21 July, Falkland, Fife

Falkland's renowned green festival returned after a year's break, with headline musical performances from the Proclaimers, Salsa Celtica, Karine Polwart, the Treacherous Orchestra and Breabach. At the same time it provided a vibrant gathering place for Scotland's green organisations, and a unique chance for in-depth discussions of current issues. The Oak Yurt was packed out for the session on a Thousand Huts on the Saturday, and then on the Sunday it provided the perfect setting for the launch of the Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests. The Handbook was on sale all weekend at the Scottish Wild Harvest Association's yurt, which nestled appropriately next door to Reforesting Scotland's new Forest Gardening display.

If you missed the chance to buy the new Handbook at the Big Tent festival, there are more copies available via the Reforesting Scotland office.

11 July 2012

Reforesting Scotland supports forest gardening in Scotland

Page 1 of the Forest Gardening displayReforesting Scotland and the Scottish Wild Harvests Association have joined forces with Falkland Centre for Stewardship to create a forest gardening display in time for this year's Big Tent festival. After the festival the posters which form the core of the display will be available for use at suitable events and venues - if you can suggest one, please get in touch! - email . The Forest gardening page has images from the display and more information about forest gardening in Scotland.

19 June 2012

Radical Rowan Issue 40, June 2012

Banner from a Radical Rowan newsletterThe latest issue of the Radical Rowan newsletter is on its way to members now! Contact the office if yours hasn't reached you - or if you'd like to switch to receiving it by email, which saves on both money and environmental impacts.

Cover of issue 45 of the Reforesting Scotland journal

26 April 2012

Reforesting Scotland Journal No.45 - 'Co-operative living - a low impact choice?'

The latest journal is its way to Reforesting Scotland members, also available from outlets around the UK and from the Reforesting Scotland office. Its theme ties in with the UN International Year of Co-operatives and examines co-operatives and intentional communities as choices for low-impact living.

December 2011

RS Yule tree flanked by others at St George's, midwinter 2011 RS Yule tree, midwinter 2011

Merry Yuletide!

For the second year running, RS has a decorated tree at the office (well, upstairs in St George's, anyway!), as part of the Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival.

7-9 October 2011

2011 Reforesting Scotland Annual Gathering

Photo of Forth & Clyde Canal at Auchenstarry, by Alan Carter

This year's Gathering was held at a rural but central location: the village of Croy in the Kelvin Valley, North Lanarkshire. The theme was be Renewal, looking at how reforestation has formed part of this area's efforts to reinvent and regenerate itself after the collapse of mining. Being in the heart of the Central Belt gave us an opportunity to reach out to a wide audience and showcase Reforesting Scotland to the public.

The Buildings Tour visited Carbeth Huts, Fintry green village, timber buildings, and DunCarron medieval village.

SATURDAY:   Presentations: A Different Kind of Wilderness; The Restoration of the Kelvin Valley; Restoring Damaged Land; The Woodlands of Cumbernauld.   Workshops: The BULB Aspen project, One Thousand Huts, the History of Reforesting Scotland and many more.   Visits: Community woodlands, new orchard, pit bing restorations, Forth and Clyde Canal, Antonine Wall, path network and more.   Question Time.   Ceilidh with the Thunderdog Ceilidh Band.

SUNDAY: Reforesting Scotland A.G.M.  Presentations: One Thousand Huts; A Celebration of Blarbuie. More workshops and visits.

Members will get updates from the Gathering in the forthcoming issue of the Radical Rowan; you can also find articles by some of the speakers in issue 44 of the Reforesting Scotland Journal.

Photo of the Woodlanders exhibition at the Watermill July 2011 - 25 September 2011

Woodlanders Exhibition at the Watermill, Mill St, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BG

The exhibition celebrating Reforesting Scotland's Woodlanders book was on show at the excellent Watermill cafe/bookshop/gallery in Aberfeldy for 3 months this summer.

1-30 October 2011

The exhibition then moved to the Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre in Peebles for the whole of October.

25 October 2011

On October 25th, 730-830pm, also at the Eastgate, Reforesting Scotland members Ian Edwards and Fi Martynoga gave a lively presentation based on the exhibition. After the talk there was a chance to enjoy a local apple juice, chat and buy the book at discount. This event was part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival.

Cover of issue 44 of the Reforesting Scotland journal

3 October 2011

Reforesting Scotland Journal No.44

The latest journal is its way to Reforesting Scotland members, also available from outlets around the UK and from the Reforesting Scotland office. The publication of this issue coincides with the annual Reforesting Scotland Gathering, and shares its theme - 'Reforestation, regeneration and renewal'.

Flyer with information about the hut-building course

13-19 August 2011

Hut-Building course at Falkland Centre for Stewardship

This hands-on hut-building training course combined the resources of Falkland Estate and its Centre for Stewardship with: the campaigning vision of Reforesting Scotland, the enterprising spirit of Nigel Lowthrop of Hill Holt Wood (winner of Sustain Magazine's 2011 Construction Award) and the skills of Henry Fosbrooke of Milton Community Woodlands.

For more details click on the image.

This event was part of Reforesting Scotland's campaign for a Thousand Huts.

Log cabin 15 June 2011, 930am-430pm

A celebration of forest culture and launch of a Thousand Huts

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, EH11 2QA

Reforesting Scotland celebrated the International Year of Forests with a memorable day of inspiring talks and discussions considering the past, present and future of forest culture in Scotland. Speakers included Lesley Riddoch, Andy Wightman, Mandy Haggith, and Professor Chris Smout.

This event also marked the launch of a Thousand Huts, our campaign to celebrate the simple beauty and value of huts built in and from Scottish woods, and to encourage a resurgence of hut-building in Scotland.

The Huts message was well-received, in a packed venue, and has continued to gather support since. See the Thousand Huts website for the latest updates, and the project page for some background.

Download the flyer for the launch here (PDF file (PDF file) 240KB)

Download the programme for the launch here (Word document 32KB)

14 May 2011

Log cabin

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May 2011

Cover of the Tree Planter's Guide to the Galaxy

New Reforesting Scotland Book - Treeplanter's Guide to the Galaxy

This month RS launches a new publication which draws on some classic material: the regular "tree-planter's guides" to the tree and shrub species of Scotland which were carried in the RS journal for many years. The articles were collated and edited, and new material commissioned, by RS member Fi Martynoga and publishers Saraband. More information, including on where to get yourself a copy, on the Treeplanter's Guide to the Galaxy page.

20 March 2011

Cover of issue 43 of the Reforesting Scotland journal

Reforesting Scotland Journal No.43 - theme: Woodland shelter

- on its way to Reforesting Scotland members, also available from outlets around the UK and from the Reforesting Scotland office.

21 January 2011

New Reforesting Scotland campaign - a thousand huts

We have started a new campaign, to promote hutting culture in Scotland - see the Huts page for details.

16 January 2011

"Put forests in the hands of the people"

Long-standing RS member and land-reform campaigner Andy Wightman has stirred up some lively discussion with an article in the Observer commenting on the 38 Degrees "Save Our Forests" campaign.

Midwinter 2010-11

Reforesting Scotland Yule Tree!

The Reforesting Scotland Yule Tree at the 2010 St Andrew's and St George's Christmas Tree FestivalReforesting Scotland decorated a tree as part of the first St Andrew's & St George's Christmas Tree Festival in Edinburgh. (The Reforesting Scotland office is in the basement of St George's - look for the blue door right round the back if you want to come & say hello.) The Festival was rated one of the "Ten things to do this week" by Big Issue Scotland.

Thanks to everyone who brought along decorations for the tree.

Cover of the Reforesting Scotland Woodlanders book7 December 2010

Woodlanders at the Watermill, Mill St, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BG

Aberfeldy harpist and storyteller Claire Hewitt joins editor Ian Edwards to mark the launch of Woodlanders. Tickets £5, redeemable aggainst purchase of the book on the night. Contact the Watermill ( or 01887 822896). Click here to download the flyer (PDF file 574KB), please pass it on!

See the Woodlanders page on this site for more information about this new Reforesting Scotland book.

Cover of the Reforesting Scotland Woodlanders book6 November 2010

Woodlanders celebration event, St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh, 2-5:30pm

A magical event in the heart of the city: some of the people featured in Woodlanders gathered inside a yurt to tell their stories, just yards away from ordinary consumer life.

See the Woodlanders page on this site for more information about this new Reforesting Scotland book.

Cover of the Reforesting Scotland Woodlanders book16 Sept - 31 Oct 2010

Woodlanders exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

An exhibition celebrating Reforesting Scotland's new book, Woodlanders: New Life in Britain's Forests.

See the Woodlanders page on this site for more information about the book itself.

Cover of the Reforesting Scotland Woodlanders book31 October 2010

Woodlanders at the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair

Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

Time: 1215pm

Featuring: Ian Edwards, editor, and Donald McPhillimy, Reforesting Scotland director

See WordPower Books' website for details

See the Woodlanders page on this site for more information about the book itself.

Cover of the Reforesting Scotland Woodlanders book12 October 2010

The New Woodlanders - launch event at The Stables Workshop, Falkland Estate, Falkland, Fife

Falkland's Centre for Stewardship hosted the Fife launch of Reforesting Scotland's new Woodlanders book. Forty or so folk gathered to celebrate, with a supper of local, organic food and appropriately woody wines from the Cairn O’Mohr. Several of the featured woodlanders joined the celebration, and editor Ian Edwards read both from the new book and from some of the older books which helped to inspire him.

Cover of the Reforesting Scotland Woodlanders book2 October 2010

Woodlanders is "Books from Scotland"'s book of the month

Books From Scotland is a website dedicated to showcasing and selling Scottish-interest books, whether published in Scotland, written by Scottish authors, or focused on Scottish issues, landscapes or subjects. It has chosen Reforesting Scotland's Woodlanders as its book of the month for October 2010.

25-26 September 2010

A Fish Swam Through It - Reforesting Scotland's 2010 Annual Gathering, in Torridon

(left) Jim measures the grilse; (right) 'Reforesting Scotland' participants in Kinloch Woodland. Photo courtesy of Wester Ross Fisheries TrustThis year's theme was "Watersheds and Catchments". We learned much about the interactions between rivers and woodlands, including a thought-provoking presentation on fertility and phosphorus cycles. More details to follow, in the next Reforesting Scotland journal and (for members) in the Radical Rowan. Download flier for the Gathering programme (PDF file a56KB).

There's a nice report of the Gathering on the website of the Wester Ross Fisheries Trust. The Trust's Peter Cunningham gave the presentation on fertility and phosphorus cycles. The Trust's website gives links to Peter's presentation Part 1 (PDF file 26MB) and Part 2 (PDF file 15MB).

Cover of the Reforesting Scotland Woodlanders book15 September 2010

Woodlanders - Reforesting Scotland's new book launched

The publication of the new Reforesting Scotland book, Woodlanders: New Life in Britain's Forests, was celebrated at a reception at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh today. The Woodlanders exhibition will be on display at the Botanics' Gateway Gallery from 16 Sept - 31 Oct. See the Botanic's website for details of the Woodlanders exhibition.

Cover of issue 42 of the Reforesting Scotland journal20 September 2010

Reforesting Scotland Journal No.42 - theme: Woodlands and water

- on its way to Reforesting Scotland members, also available from outlets around the UK and from the Reforesting Scotland office.

11 June 2010

Charting the Way Ahead - a message from Reforesting Scotland's Directors

The Reforesting Scotland directors met on 4th June 2010 to assess how RS is doing at present and to work out the best way forward. They are proposing a radical rethink of how RS operates as an organisation, stripping back to the essentials and to our core mission. The resulting document has already been posted and discussed on the Reforesting Scotland Google group, and is available to download here - Reforesting Scotland: Charting the Way Ahead (PDF file 24KB).

7 May 2010

Blarbuie Woodland logoBlarbuie Woodland Open Days, May 21-22 2010, 11am-4pm

The Open Days are a chance to find out what's happening with this exciting new Partnership Social Enterprise, led by Reforesting Scotland.

There will be a sale of timber, benches, compost, planters, trees & shrubs - all produced by the project itself. Hands-on woodcraft, guided walks and refreshments will be provided. The woodland itself has new sculptures, and of course abundant wildlife and a range of beautiful new trees. It has places to sit, welcoming (and accessible) walkways, and many interesting features developed over the years.

Blarbuie Woodland is by the Hospitals, on Blarbuie Road, Lochgilphead, Argyll. Access is from Mid Argyll Hospital, through the wooden arch. Contact .

You can download the Open Days poster here (PDF file 580KB) - please forward widely!

There's more information about the project on the Blarbuie Woodland Enterprise page.

6 May 2010

Website update - Renewable Heat Incentive consultation response

Reforesting Scotland has submitted a response to the Department of Energy & Climate Change's consultation on their proposed Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. This was prepared as a result of discussion between directors and other members on the Reforesting Scotland members' discussion group.

Cover of issue 41 of the Reforesting Scotland journal31 March 2010

Reforesting Scotland Journal No.41 - theme: Biodiversity

- on its way to Reforesting Scotland members, also available from outlets around the UK and from the Reforesting Scotland office.

Family with hand drill - photo from the Woodlanders book31 March 2010

Project update - Woodlanders

Have a look at the new page announcing Reforesting Scotland's forthcoming book, Woodlanders - with just a couple of the gorgeous photos gathered to illustrate the book.

17 February 2009

A fish swam through it - 2010 RS Gathering announced!

The Reforesting Scotland 2010 Gathering will be in Torridon on 24-26 September, Friday-Sunday inclusive.

The theme this year is Watersheds and Catchments - A FISH SWAM THROUGH IT: Riparian woodlands, water, community catchments, community watersheds with a twist, mountains of excitement, shoreline - walk and talk and plant - meet the locals; SNH Beinn Eighe woodland restoration, National Trust for Scotland non-native species management (Rhododendron), Wester Ross Fisheries Trust work on sea trout and salmon population decline in river systems and lochs. Water essentials... Local food...

Be there, think ahead... fun and imagination, visions invited.

17 February 2009

Opportunity - Learning and Development Manager - 21st century woodlands

Falkland Centre for Stewardship is seeking a Learning and Development Manager to establish, develop and manage a high level of community engagement and a programme of learning opportunities in sustainable forest management and woodland culture.

Click to download the job advert, background info, application form and job description. More info from

Deadline for applications Feb 25th.

9 October 2009

New Google group for Reforesting Scotland members

Members at the 2009 Gathering decided it was time we had an electronic way of staying in touch with each other, and sharing ideas for Reforesting Scotland, all through the year.

We're hoping as many Reforesting Scotland members as possible will join!

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9 October 2009

Blarbuie Woodland logoHealth & Wellbeing walks at Blarbuie Woodland, Lochgilphead, Argyll

From Autumn 2009 onwards there will be regular short walks through Blarbuie Woodland led by trained walk leaders, to promote health & wellbeing. Launch walks were held on 7th & 8th October 2008. Click here to download the Blarbuie Woodland Walks launch poster for more details (PDF file 183KB). This is part of the ongoing Blarbuie Woodland Project, co-ordinated by Hugh Fife - tel: 01546 604976.

9 October 2009

Radical Rowan to be relaunched

Banner from a Radical Rowan newsletterDuring a workshop at the September 2009 Gathering, members agreed to relaunch the members' newsletter, the The Radical Rowan. It will be delivered electronically to as many members as possible, thus saving on printing. Long-term RS member Les Bates has volunteered to produce the new Rowan - please email Les ( ) if you have any material to contribute to the next issue.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

The band at the Reforesting Scotland Harvest Ceilidh 2009Reforesting Scotland Harvest Ceilidh

The 2009 ceilidh was at a new time of year, and a new venue - the Roxy Art House (2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9EB) - but as usual it was a Ceilidh Collective event held to raise funds for Reforesting Scotland, with organic bar, raffle, wild dancing & friends old and new!

25-27 September 2009

Reforesting Scotland Gathering at DunBeag - the Roundhouse Reforesting Scotland Gathering at DunBeag - the chicken and duck house

Reforesting Scotland Annual Gathering 2009: "Making the Transition"

Tighnabruaich, Argyll.
The annual opportunity to meet fellow members, share your feelings, thoughts & experiences, and be inspired! This year's theme was "Transition", and we heard a number of presentations telling us about the Transition movement, what's happening in Scotland and around the world, and how to get involved. We also explored the DunBeag project, with its groundbreaking green timber buildings and its ancient oak woodlands. We were introduced to the the garden, pigs, ducks & chickens, shown the intricacies of the renewable energy systems, shown how 14 years of management have been restoring the native woodlands, and told the story of the various building projects, all of which use timber grown, felled and hand-hauled on site.

As usual there was a full-tilt ceilidh on Saturday evening, but this didn't stop lively discussion during the AGM and workshops. Members agreed to relaunch the Radical Rowan newsletter and form a new RS members' egroup to keep discussions going in between Gatherings.

Finally, before we went our separate ways, we were treated to a new video produced by the Blarbuie Woodland Project, witnessing the healing effects of spending more time in the woods!

More Gathering photos on the RS members' Google group - have a look, and add your own!

25-26 July 2009

Big Tent Festival, Falkland, Fife

Reforesting Scotland at the 2009 Big Tent festival The launch of the Scottish Wild Harvests Association at the 2009 Big Tent festival Shiitake mushroom growing demonstration at the 2009 Big Tent festival

This year Scotland's festival of sustainability featured a new Wild about Wood Zone. Reforesting Scotland members, directors and projects had a big hand in putting this together - especially the woodfuel, timber and wild harvests displays. We also celebrated the launch of the new Scottish Wild Harvests Association, marking a very successful end to the Wild Harvests Sector Support project. (The launch was one of a series of events held in the orchard stage area, under a magnificent bent-pole shelter constructed by Reforesting Scotland director David Blair, with his team of helpers - see photo!) As in previous years, the Big Tent was a wonderful chance to meet up with eco and woodland activists from around Scotland, with a friendly atmosphere, good music, and lots to see.

18-19 July 2009

Edinburgh Treefest & Wood Market, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July, 11am-5pm, Inverleith Park, Edinburgh

This is an annual family event organised and hosted by Four Winds Inspiration Centre, a small environmental education and craft based charity which operates year long from its site within Inverleith Park. A fabulous event as ever, with interactive crafts, stalls, games, North American Indian exhibition, axe throwing, horse logging... and much more... including of course the Reforesting Scotland stall! Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day and who came up and said hello - see you again next year, if not before!

15-16 April 2009

Wild Harvests of Scotland: building a sustainable forest culture:

Flyer for the 2009 Wild Harvests of Scotland events

Two days of events to celebrate and develop Scotland�s wild and woodland products sector. The programe included:

The events went well, bringing together some very interesting groups of people. Forestry Commission Scotland launched a new non-timber forest products policy document; the Scottish Wild Harvests Association was formed, with the assistance of Reforesting Scotland's Wild Harvests Sector Support project; Alison Dyke reported on her work as Reforesting Scotland's Sustainable Forest Harvest project officer. Reports and followup material from the events will be published on the ForestHarvest website as they become available


15 February 2009

Woodland Bounty - wild harvests in the Borders

Home-made preserves from Gordon Downie - photo by Doon of MayBuccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells, 15 February 2009, 10am-4pm. This event was for everyone with an interest in foraging and wild harvesting - with speakers on wild herbs, traditional plant lore and sustainable harvesting, demonstrations of birch sap tapping and mushroom log inoculation, and wild food & drink tasters. Best of all, it was a chance to meet other people with an interest in foraging and wild harvests.

The day was a great success, with over 70 people attending, and it may be the start of something new - a Foragers' Forum for the Scottish Borders.

Click here for a report of the event, with links to contacts, info & suppliers.


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