The StarTree project gave Reforesting Scotland the opportunity to bring together a small number of people to form a ‘regional stakeholder group’ (RSG), to help guide and inform our StarTree work.
The basic ask was that RSG members came to a one-day meeting, with the hope that they would then attend 3 subsequent meetings over the course of the next 3 years, to have a further input into the project, to hear how it was developing, and to help disseminate the results.
From RS’s point of view, these meetings were amongst the highlights of the work. We already had contacts among people around Scotland who represented a range of perspectives and expertise on the production, management and use of non-wood forest products. The RSG meetings gave us a chance to bring some of these people together for a day, along with others we didn’t already know, resulting in some very useful exchanges of views and meetings of minds.
We were able to take some direction from the group’s suggestions. Most of the work we had to deliver over the 4 years of StarTree had already been defined at the project planning stage, before Reforesting Scotland joined the consortium, but we had some leeway in our “in-depth case studies” and especially in our Action Research.
1st meeting, 13 November 2013
- Minutes of first Regional Stakeholder Group meeting, Scotland
- Blog post on first Regional Stakeholder Group meeting
- An introduction to StarTree Presentation given by Jenny Wong of StarTree partner Wild Resources Limited
- Stakeholder engagement and the Regional Stakeholder Group
- Data collection – do you know the answers?
- Action research
- The Knowledge Exchange Events
Actions – woodfuel
- Updating the woodfuelscotland directory as part of the Action Research.
- Facilitating communications among Scotland’s coppice workers, as part of the Action Research.
- Links to research from Welsh StarTree partners: Wales Domestic Firewood Survey 2012; Llais y Goedwig’s Advisory Note 8: Undertaking a survey of local firewood demand and market potential.
Actions – steps towards creating a baseline survey of Scottish NWFP sector
- Updating willowscotland, treenurseryscotland and woodfuelscotland directories, as part of the Action Research.
- Using the network analysis in-depth case study as an opportunity to increase contacts with tutors and hosts of NWFP courses.
2nd meeting, 23 July 2015
By now nearly two years of the StarTree project were finished, making this a good time to review the questions put to Reforesting Scotland’s researchers during the first RSG meeting, to see what answers we had to any of them by now. There was less to report than we’d expected – we were only just learning how long it can take for published outputs to emerge from a four-year research project. So we gave advance notice of some planned outputs, and then focused on what could be achieved in the part of the project which RS was free to design, the Action Research.
- Review of the minutes of our first meeting – what answers can StarTree provide?
- Report on innovation case study – Toni Dickson
- Report on berry picking case study
- Report on supply chain surveys for 3 NWFPs
- Introducing Action Research
- Introducing the Scottish Working Woods label – Nick Marshall
- The Delphi study method – Toni Dickson
- Forest products – a few examples, followed by discussion
- StarTree Wild Forest Products Fair, Wales May
3rd meeting, 15 April 2016
Presentations & meeting content
- Brief overview – StarTree project timetable, where we are now?
- Some themes from StarTree research
- Action Research & what’s happening on the ground – a series of short presentations:
- Discussion on NWFP institutions
- Introducing the Innovation Generator and Innovations Database
4th meeting, 24 October 2016
Presentations & meeting content
- StarTree results – a few highlights, with links to more
- Bayesian Belief Networks – a tool for Scottish forest planning? (Thanks to Patrick Huber for allowing us to use his presentation.)
- Action Research – key findings & recommendations from the 5 StarTree Action Research regions. (Thanks to Jenny Wong for allowing us to use her presentation.)
- Scottish Working Woods label – developing criteria for NWFPs
- ‘The Scottish Working Woods label in 2015’, article in The Full Circle, Spring 2015 – referenced in the SWW presentation
- Scotland’s First Coppice Festival 2017 – plans so far
- Scottish Coppice Forum – this is live on the Reforesting Scotland forum page and will be actively promoted
- An idea from Norway – could an app designed for Norwegian hunters have potential for Scotland’s mushroom trade?
- And discussion. Diverse, animated, well-informed, wonderful discussion. Thanks again to all who participated!