News archive

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Saturday, 7th February 2009

The seventh Reforesting Scotland Imbolc Ceilidh was CANCELLED AT THE LAST MINUTE! due to problems with venue licence (We could have had a 'sit-down concert', but that's so not what the Imbolc ceilidhs are about...) Huge regrets and frustration from Robin of the Ceilidh Collective who did such a fabulous job of organising the previous 6 ceilidhs. All hope is not lost for a Reforesting Scotland ceilidh sometime in 2009 - the search for an alternative venue is on! More info from the Ceilidh Collective's website.

Thursday 20th November and Wednesday 26th November 2008
Ways forward for Scotland's Wild Harvests Businesses

Thurs 20 November 2008: Glasgow (Pollok Visitor Centre)
Wed 26 November 2008: Abriachan Village Hall, near Inverness
A matched pair of meetings which gave wild harvests businesses throughout both north and south Scotland a chance to hear about recent developments, and to discuss the possibility of forming an ongoing network or trade association. Click here to download a report - PDF document 381KB.

24th October - 2nd November 2008

Reforesting Scotland's "Restoring a Woodland Culture" exhibition was displayed at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles as part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival.

Fri 26th - Sun 28th September 2008

Reforesting Scotland's Annual Gathering 2008 was held in the Borders, in the astounding setting of Glen House near Inerleithen, with the Saturday Ceilidh at Traquair Village Hall. The theme was Borders forestry - recreation and re-creation. There was the usual eclectic mix of buildings tour, soapbox, talks, workshops, site visits (including Carrifran wildwood and Wooplaw Community Woodland), ceilidh, food and fun - and, above all, the chance to meet some of Reforesting Scotland's many inspiring and lovely members. This year we had a ceilidh in both senses, with tunes and storytelling from Reforesting Scotland members, as well as dancing the night away. More details on the Gathering flier (Word document 195KB), plus an article in the Southern Reporter.

Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

Timber grown in Glasgow, used in Glasgow Glasgow Metropolitan College recently started using timber from trees grown in the city. The pilot project to reduce timber going to landfill seeks to develop a local market and support social enterprise. More information on the Glasgow Woodland Unit website.

Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

Please visit the website and pledge to cut your use of paper. Note that you should tick things you do already, as well as ideas you might see which you haven't thought of. And add your own ideas too!

Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

Forestry Commission Scotland Climate Change Action Plan A Forest Research report entitled ‘Impacts of climate change on forests and forestry in Scotland’ has been published. The report states that every element of forestry practice will need to be reviewed. Some of the key proposals include a move to more diverse planting, introducing different varieties of trees and revising operational practices – from nursery work through to harvesting. A summary of the main findings has been published as a Forestry Commission Information Note; a copy of the full report can be found at - and further information at

Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

Draft Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) Framework Strategic Plan The Scottish Government’s Forestry Strategy was published in October 2006. The new draft FES - Framework Strategic Plan - defines how Forestry Commission Scotland will implement this strategy on the national forest estate and what other actions it requires from its operating arm. See

Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

Rural Gateway’s International Spotlight is a great report from Julian Pace on his recent visit to the Swedish Rural Parliament. The Parliament meets every two years and brings together 1000 people from Sweden and other countries to discuss rural issues and raise the rural voice. What did Julian Pace learn about rural development in Sweden? Are there ways of working that would translate to rural Scotland? Find out in International Spotlight: Swedish Rural Parliament.

Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

The Clyde Valley Orchard Project is one of a number of initiatives delivered by the Rural Development Trust. It aims to restore and develop the orchards of the Clyde Valley by helping local people to access resources and advice on their management for a range of economic, social and environmental benefits.

Tuesday, 22nd July 2008

Beavers will be back The Scottish Government has approved the application by the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) to bring back beavers to Scotland. More information on the website of the Scottish Beaver Trial – a six-year trial reintroduction of beavers to Knapdale Forest, Mid-Argyll.

1-30 June 2008

Reforesting Scotland's inspirational exhibition on forests, communities, access, energy and housing was at Harestanes in the Borders throughout June 2008. Click here for more about the exhibition.

Monday, 23rd June 2008

NEW ON THIS WEBSITE - Rural Alternatives project reports and case studies
After nearly two and a half years of working with four partner community woodland groups, Reforesting Scotland's Rural Alternatives project has now come to an end. Outputs from the project have been published on the Reforesting Scotland website, including articles, reports, and six case studies of non-timber forest product-based enterprises and activities - available to download on the new Rural Alternatives Shared Futures project reports page. Many thanks to Jake Paul for all his work in co-ordinating the strands of the project from the Edinburgh office, and the best of luck for his future plans.

Sat 14th & Sun 15th June 2008

Edinburgh Treefest 2008 Fantastic family event organised by the Four Winds Inspiration Centre, as usual in Inverleith Park, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh... interactive crafts, stalls, displays, demonstrations, horse logging, axe throwing, tree climbing demo, renewable energy, games, skate ramp, extreme mountain biking display, entertainment, refreshments, information - and the Reforesting Scotland stall on the Saturday! - thanks to all who helped out or came to say hello!

Monday, 2nd June 2008

Yet another new member of staff - the last for a while! - Emma Chapman has just moved from freelancer to employee to begin work as manager of Reforesting Scotland's new Wild Harvests Sector Support project.

Monday, 19th May 2008

Woodland Crofts category added to National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) New NFLS guidelines published this month allow communities to buy national forest land to create woodland crofts - see Forestry Commission Scotland's NFLS page for more details.

Monday, 12th May 2008

Another new member of staff - Amanda Calvert has just begun work as Reforesting Scotland's new development officer. Huge thanks and best wishes to Kristin Olsen, who after 3 years of high-energy work for RS is now going off on maternity leave.

Wednesday, 9th April 2008

Anna Alexander has joined the team as Reforesting Scotland's new administrator. Welcome aboard, Anna!

Monday, 24th March 2008

New wild harvesting guidelines The Scottish Moss Collection Code and the Scottish Bulb Collection Code are now available from the ForestHarvest website. These guidelines were created cooperatively by conservation organisations, land managers, harvesters and buyers, and are a step towards more sustainable harvesting of Scotland's wild resources.

Monday, 24th March 2008

New reforestation plan by Borders Forest Trust - they have an agreement to buy Corehead Farm, near Moffat, if they can raise sufficient funds within 18 months. In contrast to their Wildwood project at Carrifran, they would manage this land using low-intensity livestock farming, restoring species-rich meadows and heather moorland, whilst expanding the native woodlands. More details in this article from the Southern Reporter.

Friday, 29th February 2008

The 2006-7 Reforesting Scotland Annual Report is now online - an inspiring look at Reforesting Scotland's recent achievements.

Monday, 11th February 2008

A change of style - we hope you like the new look of the site's menu: a softer shade of green and, we hope, an easier read.

Saturday, 2nd February 2008

Flyer for Reforesting Scotland Imbolc Ceilidh 2008

This year's Reforesting Scotland Imbolc Ceilidh was held once again at the Rudolf Steiner Hall, 60 Spylaw Road, Edinburgh, organised by the ever wonderful Ceilidh Collective, with music from Hud Yer Wheesht. This time before the ceilidh there was a fundraising banquet - two-course organic buffet. Many thanks to Robin and the Ceilidh Collective.

Wednesday, 30th January 2008

Hi-tech forest defence in the Cameroon Baka Pygmies are using GPS recording devices to map their sacred and important forest trees. This detailed evidence can then be used as evidence to stop illegal logging. Full story from the BBC website.

Wednesday, 12th December 2007

Reforesting Scotland launches a new project: Sustainable Forest Harvest - monitoring NTFP harvests. Project officer Alison Dyke is asking for suggestions on the priority species or groups of species that this project should focus on - see the NEW Sustainable Forest Harvest project page for more details.

Tuesday, 27th November 2007

Third Edition of Scottish Woodfuel News Reforesting Scotland, Highland Birchwoods and the Forestry Commission have now published the third edition of Scottish Woodfuel News, containing more information about woodfuel projects andevents. You can download Scottish Woodfuel News no.3 from the Fuelwood project page.

Tuesday, 27th November 2007

Rural Alternatives Shared Futures Project - Mid Term Report.

Tuesday, 27th November 2007

Veracel timber certification would be yet another disaster for FSC, according to the World Rainforest Movement. Find out more at:

Tuesday, 27th November 2007

New Land Reform Report Published The latest report on land reform by Andy Wightman: ‘Land Reform – an agenda for the 2007-2011 Scottish Parliament’ ((PDF file) PDF file 89KB).

Tuesday, 27th November 2007

New Arran Whitebeam found A research project by SNH, Dougarrie Estate and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh has discovered two specimens of the newly-named Catacol Whitebeam in the north of Arran. This brings the number of unique tree species on Arran to three. Whitebeams are well known to be endemic on Arran, as such they are unique trees, nor found anywhere else. As the new finds are so rare, a deer fence has been placed around the area and the Royal Botanic Gardens is propagating cuttings and has collected seed to ensure the survival of the genetic stock.

Saturday, 20th October 2007

New Harvesting Guidelines for Mosses and Bulbs As Non Timber Forest Product harvesting becomes more popular as part of people's lives and work, concerns are rising about the possible impacts of harvesting. Two new sets of harvesting guidelines - one for mosses and one for bulbs - are now available to help with this issue. The codes have been produced in consultation with moss harvesters, land managers, species experts and representatives of conservation organisations. The ForestHarvest website has information on how to obtain copies.

Monday, 15th October 2007

Our new phone number is 0131 2202500, and you can still email us at all the usual addresses.

28th-30th September 2007

Reforesting Scotland Annual Gathering 2007- "Tree Planting in a Changing Climate" In this Highland Year of Culture, Reforesting Scotland returned to its roots in the north west for a very active Gathering, with trips to Isle Martin and Assynt as well as the traditional Buildings Tour on the Friday. In between we came back to Ullapool for informative talks, inspirational soapboxes, the Saturday night ceilidh, and the chance to be, talk and eat together.

Sunday 26th - Wednesday 29th August 2007

Woodlands of Dalriada events As part Highland 2007, Reforesting Scotland held four days of festivities, woodcraft, walks, orienteering, story-telling and music in and around Lochgilphead, in Mid-Argyll, with provision for all needs, abilities and ages. Venues included the Kilmory Woodland Park, Lochgilphead; Barnluasgan Forest Reserve, Bellanoch, Lochgilphead; and the Blarbuie Woodland Project. The highlight on Tuesday 28 August was the Grand Opening of the Blarbuie Woodland Project at the Woods at Argyll and Bute Hospital, Lochgilphead, PA31 8LD.

Saturday, 18th August 2007

Reforesting Scotland Local Day in Glasgow - 'urban greenspaces' A great day, in spite of torrential rain! We started off at Glasgow Botanic Gardens with a talk by green councillor Martha Wardrop, followed by a visit to the 'Wee Orchard' project (see RS journal 36). After lunch we will visit the Galgael Trust and the Bullwood Project. And as well as all this, it was a chance for Reforesting Scotland members from Glasgow, plus a few visitors from further afield, to meet, talk, and hear about each other's projects. Many thanks to Louise Galloway for organising a very successful day.

5-27 August

Once again the Quaker Meeting House in central Edinburgh became Venue 40 of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and provided the Quaker Parrot Cafe. All profits from this go to charity, and this year, as last year, Reforesting Scotland was one of the chosen charities - many thanks!

Wednesday, 15th August 2007

Second Edition of Scottish Woodfuel News Reforesting Scotland, Highland Birchwoods and the Forestry Commission recently published the long-awaited second edition of Scottish Woodfuel News, containing information about new woodfuel projects, events and useful contacts. You can download Scottish Woodfuel News no.2 from the Fuelwood project page.

Wednesday, 15th August 2007

Reforesting Scotland members heating homes with renewable energy More than 25% of our members responded to a recent email survey about energy use, food, waste, and timber asking how our members are living or adapting their lifestyles to reduce their impact on climate change. The survey will help us to discover how our members, and the values that we work to support, are helping to tackle climate change, as well as to improve the work that we do in the future. The results are being analysed at the moment. A very impressive result is that 29% of those who responded use renewable energy as the principal energy source to heat their homes. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to fill in the survey and return it to us.

Tuesday, 14th August 2007

Forestry in Climate Change Clothes Reforesting Scotland has issued a press release criticising a new "Woodland Creation measure" recently announced by Forestry Commission Scotland. Reforesting Scotland's press release and info from Forestry Commission Scotland available here.

Wednesday, 8th August 2007

Local Timber in Construction - Highland Forest Industries Cluster event exploring the possibilities of using local timber in construction. More details on the Scottish Forest Industries Cluster website.

Monday, 30th July 2007

New section about Reforesting Scotland's Low Impact Living project.

Tuesday, 3rd July 2007

Kilfinan Community Forest Project to go ahead In June the local community voted to go ahead with the development of the ‘Kilfinan Forest Park’ which will aim to demonstrate how forest land can provide good quality and affordable housing together with local job opportunities. Click here to download the Winter 2006/7 article about Dunbeag and the Kilfinan Community Forest Project ((PDF file) PDF file 161KB). (Dunbeag is the home base of David Blair, whose long-term vision led to the formation of the Kilfinan Community Forest Project.)

Monday, 2nd July 2007

If you go down to the woods it'd be well to read this press release about Lyme disease from the Health Protection Authority. More information on Lyme disease can be found on various websites including and

Thursday, 28th June 2007

New section about the new Reforesting Scotland exhibition - more images to come soon.

Monday, 18th June 2007

Information about Reforesting Scotland's involvement in the new Scottish Working Woods label. 2007/06/15 Reforesting Scotland in the newly-finished structure at Big Tent 2007 The Big Tent Festival of Stewardship, Falkland, Fife, 15-17 June. This year's festival theme was Minding the Future and the festival focused particularly on stewardship of wood, aiming to inspire festival goers to value wood as a beautiful, creative and versatile resource – in construction, furniture making, paper making, craft, renewable energy or simply left to grow… The festival - ‘three days of serious fun’ - this year included: the Big Question Time - a debate around how can we revive a healthy wood culture in Scotland; the Wood Tent with exhibitions of woodland stewardship issues at local and global levels, and of the many and varied lives of trees; outside demonstrations including boat and house building and crafts; a market place, cultural and education activities, talks and an opportunity to learn and shape Falkland Estate’s woodlands and forest culture.
Reforesting Scotland demonstrated sustainable use of timber and non-timber within and inside buildings and our lifestyles – together with the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) and the Association for Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers (ASHS). Our stall was sheltered by a self-build timber-frame structure - just built! (see picture, and news item below).

Monday, 11th June 2007

Timber-Frame Self-Build Course with Duncan Roberts, Falkland, Fife, 11-14 June. Run by architect and Reforesting Scotland member Duncan Roberts, in conjunction with The Big Tent at Falkland. The residential course (which Duncan runs annually at the Centre for Alternative Technology) provided a unique opportunity to learn the techniques of post and beam timber framing using locally-grown timber - and also provided space for the Reforesting Scotland stall at the Big Tent later in the week! For more information contact Duncan Roberts on 01668 213146.

Saturday, 9th June 2007

Edinburgh Treefest and Wood Market, Inverleith Park, Edinburgh, 9-10 June. A wonderful event celebrating trees, crafts and sustainable lifestyles, and featuring trade stalls, demonstrations, live music, games, activities and refreshments. Thanks to everyone who came to visit or help with the Reforesting Scotland stall.

Friday, 1st June 2007

Touchwood Festival and Scottish Woodfair,
The Reforesting Scotland exhibition, complete with freestanding hurdles, viewed by members of the public at Touchwood 2007 Highland Football Academy, Dingwall 1-2 June. This 2-day event showcased the diversity of the Highlands’ trees, woods, forests and environment, and networking businesses throughout the 'wood chain', from tree nurseries to wood product manufacturers. Reforesting Scotland was there, launching our fantastic exhibition, celebrating our Rural Alternatives project and demonstrating opportunities for ‘forest harvesting' across Scotland. We also helped to launch the new Scottish Working Woods Label.
(Click on the image to see a larger version.)

Thursday, 31st May 2007

Logging has restarted in the disputed Saami reindeer forests in Inari. The Finnish State has decided to continue the destruction of old-growth wilderness forests in Kessi. Read more on the Greenpeace weblog.

Thursday, 17th May 2007

SAC (Scottish Agricultural College) Report suggests limited commercial viability for domestic biomass industry Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) willow in Scotland is currently being driven by two large-scale wood-fired power stations in planning and construction at Glenrothes and Lockerbie. This report suggests that willow SRC will not be as competitive as arable farming unless grain prices fall or growers supply to the local heat market. The report also confirms that the UK will be importing most of its biomass (3mt biofuel and 3mt biodiesel) from abroad due to lack of commercial viability in the UK (for likely impacts see Reforesting Scotland Journal 35). There are investigations into production of specialist fibres and oil crops in Scotland such as hemp, crambe, borage and echium. Download the report here ((PDF file)).

Thursday, 3rd May 2007

Reforesting Scotland hosts Indian Foresters on Scotland-wide tour Between 3 and 7 May Reforesting Scotland helped to raise international awareness of Scotland’s diverse and inspiring woodland culture by hosting a study tour of 3 prominent foresters from India. The foresters are currently involved in a DEFRA-funded biodiversity conservation project. The tour included a visit to Reforesting Scotland’s Blarbuie Project, and the Argyll Green Woodworkers Association site at Barnluasgan in Argyll, a Forest School and the Wood School in the Borders, and Loch Lomond National Park, amongst other sites. The tour was organised by Reforesting Scotland director Piers Voysey, and Guy Milligan, and was a great success. Thanks to Guy and Piers and to all who welcomed our guests and hosted them.

Saturday, 28th April 2007

Reforesting Scotland Journal Issue 36 now out! - "Reclaiming our food supply".

Saturday, 28th April 2007

Reforesting Scotland Local Day - East Lothian, weekend of 28-29 April. The first ‘local day’ of the year was in East Lothian, and included visits to the Chippendale School of Furniture, Pishwanton Wood, Blinkbonny Wood (and its earthship), the Scottish Ornithologists' Club's beautiful timber building at Aberlady, Amisfield walled garden, and Treewrights Workshop, as well as discussions of members' projects and the Reforesting Scotland "Homewood" idea. The occasion was well attended, and blessed with fabulous weather, and cake.

Thursday, 19th April 2007

"The Earth’s Blanket", Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh This fascinating talk was given for Reforesting Scotland by Professor Nancy Turner, an ethnobotanist from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Nancy is the author of dozens of books and other publications on plant use by the First Nations of the Pacific North West and is an honorary clan member of several groups. She is also very interested in how we in Scotland value our plants and their traditional and contemporary use. Her talk was based on her recent book, "The Earth's Blanket", which explores the wealth of ecological knowledge and spiritual connection to the natural world that is fundamental to indigenous cultures and lifeways.

Wednesday, 28th March 2007

"Finland feels the heat as early spring hits loggers"

Tuesday, 6th March 2007

Reforesting Scotland signs EU petition to abandon biofuel targets The European Commission is currently planning to adopt a mandatory target for biofuel use in transport. Given the limited resources in the EU for producing domestic biofuels the petition expresses concern that implementing these measures means that the EU will risk breaching its international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect biodiversity and human rights; the proposed targets will amongst other things promote crops with poor greenhouse gas balances, trigger deforestation and loss of biodiversity and exacerbate local land use conflicts, particularly in developing countries. Click here for more information, or to sign as an individual.

Tuesday, 6th March 2007

Many basket makers, garden landscapers and others looking for willow end up sourcing willow from England or further afield, when we have a lot of willow growing in Scotland. is a new website which aims to make it easier for willow users to find suppliers. It's been set up using information from research done by Reforesting Scotland in 2004 - information which may of course be out of date; this voluntary project now needs willow users and suppliers to get in touch to help make the list complete and current.

Tuesday, 6th March 2007

North Highland Forest Trust receive funding to save Scotland’s northern Aspen resource Various local landowners have already given permission for access to their land to allow the team of paid workers and volunteers to begin the task of root collection: the project will develop a community resource of two small polytunnels and associated propagation equipment. If you’d like to be involved, please email or phone 01408 633986.

Sunday, 25th February 2007

Carbon off-setting scheme run by ‘the Carbon Neutral Company’ exposed on Skye

Saturday, 3rd February 2007

Another fabulous Reforesting Scotland Masked Imbolc Ceilidh - with music from Hud Yer Wheesht and guests, wintery masks and decorations, local/organic/fair trade bar, and raffle... Many thanks as ever to Robin and the Ceilidh Collective.

Wednesday, 31st January 2007

Canada's boreal forest worth more than minerals. Many of us knew this already but now there's an economists' report saying so as well.

Thursday, 25th January 2007

Crofting Reform Bill passed It was introduced to promote more sustainable crofting communities, more local involvement in crofting administration, simplified crofting regulation, more active crofters and to give crofters greater scope to diversify their activities.

Wednesday, 17th January 2007

Reforesting Scotland has just started a new NTFP Sector Research and Development Project, exploring ways of supporting Scotland's wild harvesting businesses. For more information see the non-timber forest products (NTFP) page.

Wednesday, 17th January 2007

Old growth forest destroyed in Finland The Finnish government organisation Metsahallitus has started logging areas of old growth forest in Lapland, northern Finland, despite an agreement to survey these forests and draw up a plan before logging work begins. This action contradicts agreements signed by the Finnish government to protect biodiversity. Read more at

Wednesday, 17th January 2007

European NGOs campaign to reduce global paper consumption Find out more, and read the ‘Common Vision for Transforming the European Paper Industry’, to which Reforesting Scotland is a signatory, at

Wednesday, 17th January 2007

New reports on devastating effects of Indonesian palm oil production Two new reports from the NGO Sawit Watch and partners, released in November, expose the serious injustices caused to indigenous peoples, local communities and smallholders by the way oil palm plantations are being developed in Indonesia. The two studies show how the lives of tens of millions of Indonesians affected by the oil palm sector are blighted by laws, policies and practices which systematically limit their rights and prioritise the interests of estate companies, often backed by foreign investors. For more information and hard copies of the report email or .

Wednesday, 17th January 2007

Sample articles from recent Reforesting Scotland journals are now available to download.

Thursday, 14th December 2006

Radical Rowan newsletter issue 33 now out. Rural Alternatives update, 2006 Gathering reports, the Energy Debate and more.

Friday, 10th November 2006

A space for articles which add to the debate on forestry and forestry-related issues in Scotland, starting with The Role of the Public Forest Estate in Scotland - full text of a paper by Bob McIntosh of Forestry Commission Scotland. (An abridged version will appear in the forthcoming Radical Rowan).

Friday, 20th October 2006

Sam Staddon has recently completed an MSc dissertation on Scotland’s moss harvest, concluding that moss gathered from non-native conifer plantations is a potentially sustainable non-timber forest product. More details on the ForestHarvest website.

Friday, 6th October 2006

The Reforesting Scotland Annual Gathering 2006 was held in Falkland, Fife on 6-8 Oct. The theme was Low-energy living, tying in with Reforesting Scotland journal no. 35 - ‘Rethinking Energy’. Talks and workshops topics included stewardship of the Falkland Estate, climate change and the carbon debate, a new paper mill for Scotland, community self-build and more. Visits ranged from Newburgh Orchards to the Scottish Lime Centre to the Falkland Estate itself. A report of the Gathering will be presented in the next Radical Rowan newsletter.

Monday, 2nd October 2006

Reforesting Scotland Journal Issue 35 now out! - "Rethinking energy".

Friday, 29th September 2006

Wild Harvests species data on ForestHarvest website - following on from the Wild Harvests seminar and report earlier this year, the species and products section of the Reforesting Scotland-managed non-timber forest products (NTFP) website has been radically augmented. More details on the ForestHarvest website.

Monday, 25th September 2006

Nature Exchange Study Tour, Germany. Jake Paul, national Project Manager for Reforesting Scotland's Rural Alternatives project, represented Reforesting Scotland on this tour earlier this summer. Click here to download the study tour report ((PDF file) 787KB).

Tuesday, 12th September 2006

Aberdeenshire Disability Active Pathway Trails Reforesting Scotland is a partner in this initiative, launched today. It will provide guided walks in the woods for disabled young people, and advice for land managers on potential access improvements. See the Woods for All project page for details. Volunteers welcome, e.g. for woodland management work.

Monday, 7th August 2006

"Non Timber Forest Products - lessons learned from Northern Vancouver Island and their application to Scotland". Keith Williams of North Island College, British Columbia, Canada gave this talk, which was hosted by Reforesting Scotland at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. There was a good turnout and lively discussion, in spite of the competing delights of the Edinburgh festivals. Scotland and British Columbia have many cultural links, and NTFP species, in common, as well as many differences. One striking example was the British Columbian export trade in one Korean delicacy - young bracken shoots - which was greeted by the audience with a mixture of incredulity and cooking hints.

Friday, 30th June 2006

Reforesting Scotland and the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) at The Big Tent 2006: Scotland's Festival of Stewardship, Falkland, Fife, 30 June - 2 July. The first event of its kind: food and farming, sustainable building and housing, technology, energy and climate change, tackling poverty and much more. Reforesting Scotland and SEDA joined to give demonstrations on sustainable building and wider use of natural materials, including straw building and clay plastering workshops; oak, hazel and ash hurdles; Scottish hardwood floors; traditional games using native wood; felt-making; green wood-workingg; and a Building and Forests Slide Show.

Wednesday, 28th June 2006

Two new Reforesting Scotland policy consultation documents are now available - responses to the 2nd consultation on the Scottish Forestry Strategy Review and to the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme consultation.

Saturday, 10th June 2006

Edinburgh Treefest & Woodmarket 2006 - 10/11 June. Inverleith Park, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, 11am - 5pm. Brilliant family event incorporating interactive crafts, renewable energy demonstrations, stalls, outdoor entertainment, music, axe throwing (!) etc. Helped this year by outrageously sunny weather and more woodland-related stalls than you could shake a stick at. Reforesting Scotland had a stall within the Woodmarket, promoting non-timber forest harvests and decked out with May blossom, woodland salads, and some very strokable felt, as well as the full range of Reforesting Scotland publications and information. TreeFest is an annual event run by the Four Winds Inspiration Centre.

Wednesday, 10th May 2006

The Future of Wild Harvests in Scotland - non-timber forest products (NTFP) seminar in Beauly - organised by partners including Reforesting Scotland, was a great success, bringing together many interested parties and starting to generate ideas on how the sector can go forward. At the same a new report, "Wild Harvests from Scottish Woodlands", was launched. See the ForestHarvest website for more details.

Monday, 24th July 2006

Updates from Woods for All, including the Blarbuie Woodland Project, the Tree Identification for Everyone resource pack and a special web-only price for the Blarbuie greeting cards.

Friday, 5th May 2006

Radical Rowan newsletter issue 32 now out. Blarbuie Project update, 2005 Gathering reports, biodiversity in community woodlands and more.

Wednesday, 1st March 2006

Reforesting Scotland Journal Issue 34 now out! - "The Land Issue - where are we now?"

Wednesday, 1st March 2006

Kirkhill and Bunchrew Community Trust has agreed to become the fourth and final community group to join the Rural Alternatives project. The local coordinator will be Les Bates of Croft7.

Friday, 24th February 2006

Blarbuie Woodland Ceilidh and Grand Auction, Ardishaig was held to raise money and awareness for the Blarbuie Project, which aims to take over the running of a piece of under-utilised woodland, from the Argyll & Bute Hospital, creating a multifunctional resource and constructing a small workshop for teaching purposes, for community benefit.

Wednesday, 8th February 2006

Influencing policy - drawing together some of Reforesting Scotland's input into national debates and directions.
Rural Alternatives project - Reforesting Scotland's new community woodland NTFP project - more to follow soon!

Monday, 6th February 2006

Rural Alternatives appointments This community NTFP project is now well and truly underway, as Jake Paul and Isabel Isherwood are in post. For more details see the new Rural Alternatives page.

Saturday, 4th February 2006

Reforesting Scotland's Imbolc Ceilidh was held at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School, 60 Spylaw Road, Edinburgh EH10 5BR, with Hud Yer Wheesht and friends.

Saturday, 15th October 2005

Rural Alternatives launched. The initial meeting of this community woodland non-timber forest product (NTFP) project was held at Acharacle. This brought together members of three community woodland groups, and of Reforesting Scotland, to discuss objectives and practicalities, and the next steps to take. All present agreed that control at a local level was vital from the start, and much discussion focused on the diverse aims and circumstances of the different groups. Next steps include recruitment of a national project manager and of the first local project co-ordinators.

Saturday, 15th October 2005

Rural Alternatives launched. The initial meeting of this community woodland non-timber forest product (NTFP) project was held at Acharacle. This brought together members of three community woodland groups, and of Reforesting Scotland, to discuss objectives and practicalities, and the next steps to take. All present agreed that control at a local level was vital from the start, and much discussion focused on the diverse aims and circumstances of the different groups. Next steps include recruitment of a national project manager and of the first local project co-ordinators.

Friday, 7th October 2005

2005 Reforesting Scotland Annual Gathering, 7-9 October, Laurieston Hall, near Castle Douglas. The Gathering was fully booked, and crammed with workshops and field visits, new ideas and inspiring people. It saw the launch of the new Forest Sharing group (see also Radical Rowan no.31). Gathering reports in Radical Rowan no.32.

Friday, 16th September 2005

Consultation on the Scottish Forestry Strategy Review, a once-in-5-years opportunity to influence where forestry is going in Scotland is now finished. View Reforesting Scotland's response to the Scottish Forestry Strategy Review.

Wednesday, 14th September 2005

Non-Timber Forest Products - new RS project. Reforesting Scotland has secured funding for a major new non-timber forest products (NTFP) initiative in Scotland. The Rural Alternatives project is to provide support to partner communities to develop NTFP use and benefits locally, and to develop ideas and learn lessons that will enable and stimulate wider use and appreciation for NTFPs in Scotland. More details in the Radical Rowan newsletter issue 31.

Sunday, 21st August 2005

Reforesting Scotland and Woods for All at Aberdeen Treefest.

Monday, 8th August 2005

Reforesting Scotland Journal Issue 33 now out! - "A place to live."

Wednesday, 3rd August 2005

Sustainable Forest Villages - Reforesting Scotland will be working with Scottish Native Woods and Argyll Green Woodworkers to explore options for breathing life, people and enterprise into a local community through co-operative management of forests. The project intends to address rural depopulation and the need for sustainable affordable housing. For more information see Reforesting Scotland journal or contact Kristin - .

Wednesday, 27th July 2005

RS hosted 4 foresters from the Bhutanese Department of Forestry at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. They gave a talk about Bhutanese culture and politics, and the development of community forestry in Bhutan, followed by a discussion of how local people are taking on the challenge of managing their forests for biodiversity, social and economic benefits in Bhutan and in Scotland. Much food for thought, not least Bhutan's forward thinking on assessing progress through Gross National Happiness!

Friday, 10th June 2005

Reforesting Scotland has a new, full-time Development Officer! - Kristin Olsen starts at the RS office this week.

Tuesday, 8th March 2005

Scottish Natural Heritage has awarded Reforesting Scotland a development grant, enabling us to create a new post of Development Officer. This is very exciting for all at RS because it means that we will be able to move the organisation forward, developing a marketing strategy which will lead to more members, better distribution of the Journal, and the RS message reaching a wider audience. The grant will also allow us to complete Reforesting Scotland's plans for the next 3 years and develop new projects, including international networking and community facilitation.

Monday, 10th January 2005

A big thank-you to all our members who donated so generously to our November appeal, raising an impressive £4,700. In addition to this, our annual ceilidh organised by Robin Naumann and the Ceilih Collective, raised £1,350 - the best yet.

Friday, 8th October 2004

Reforesting Scotland Annual Gathering 2004 - held on Ormsary Estate, with the theme "People, trees and jobs". Reports of workshops etc. in Radical Rowan no.30.

Wednesday, 30th June 2004

The Community Woodland Association held in Sweden was a major success. It was attended by Alison Dyke of Reforesting Scotland and Les Bates of Community Woodland Association. They gave a presentation about the development of community woodlands in Scotland and learnt about rural/social development in a country that has had a socialist government for over 60 years. They attended the Rural Parliament to participate in its workings along with other international participants form Poland, Holland, Belarus, Iceland and Finland. It is felt that this event helped strengthen the ties between communities across Europe attempting to preserve their forest heritage for future generations.

Tuesday, 8th June 2004

The Fuelwood Conference at Ken Bridge Hotel, New Galloway, was a very successful event attended by 70 people. It was full of technical information and reflected demonstrable enthusiasm for woodfuel in S.W. Scotland. Karen Baron from Kielder Community Enterprises Ltd in Northumberland gave a particularly memorable talk on a community-based woodlfuel district heating system. The conference was co-ordinated by the Energy Agency and Reforesting Scotland, and received financial support from the Forestry Commission Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust. Site visits to follow later in the year, to Kielder Village (Northumberland), the Kinlochleven Community and Sports Centre at Lochaber, the National Trust for Scotland's Gencoe Visitor Centre, and sites in the Edinburgh area.

Friday, 30th April 2004

We are pleased to announce the launch of ForestHarvest (, a new website on non-timber forest products (NTFPs) available from Scotland's woodlands. Managed by Reforesting Scotland, hosted by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Forest Industries Cluster, the site provides easy-to-use access to information about the gathering, management and trading of NTFPs, including a database of buyers and case studies of operating businesses. If you are seeking new opportunities as a woodland owner, manager, restauranteur or trader, or someone looking to enhance your knowledge of our woodland flora, log on now and realise the potential in NTFPs!

Monday, 26th April 2004

About 35 people participated in a very successful Non-Timber Forest Product Seminar held jointly by Borders Forest Trust and Reforesting Scotland in Peebles at the weekend. The event included presentations and site visits to a honey producer and farm planting woodland for pigs. Success was achieved by bringing together the right people for a rich exchange of information.

Tuesday, 6th April 2004

Reforesting Scotland Directors and staff had a very constructive and creative meeting over 2 days at Glenfeshie, Kingussie.

Monday, 29th March 2004

Reforesting Scotland's response to consultation on Forestry Commission Scotland Land Review is now online.

Saturday, 7th February 2004

4th Annual Community Woodland Conference Report is now available. Contact Reforesting Scotland for a copy.

Tuesday, 6th January 2004

Welcome to the new look Reforesting Scotland website!

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