The StarTree project both produced and uncovered a large number of documents. Here are some which have a practical relevance for developing wild harvests knowledge and practice in Scotland:
StarTree woodland product survey
The aim of a woodland product survey is to assess both the variety and abundance of woodland products present in your woodland and provide you with sufficient information to consider what opportunities there may be to utilise them. In the much longer term, you may wish to alter the composition of species present, and understanding the ecology and physical conditions present at your site will help you to make better decisions.
To ensure that the survey is statistically robust (and results can be meaningfully compared with surveys in the future), it needs to be carried out systematically and with care. It can easily be done by amateurs provided they can identify common plant species and use a tape measure, compass and GPS.
Objectives of the survey
- To provide an overview of the presence and abundance of a range of woodland products.
- To provide basic data on tree stocking density (basal area), their size classes (stand tables), and spatial distribution.
- To gather data suitable for input into the Forestry Commission Ecological Site Model to examine the future potential for woodland products on the site.
Marketing Insights is a self-teaching tool to help woodland owners and managers identify products and services in their woodland that might be commercially viable, identify a potential market and work through all the stages required to bring the product to market.
It can be used in conjunction with the StarTree woodland product survey. It contains many case studies of successful marketing of wild forest products and services in different European countries.
If you wish to use this tool for private use please download it from here – StarTree Marketing Insights.
Reforesting Scotland Journal Issue 55: Wild Harvests
Issue 55 of the Reforesting Scotland Journal was themed ‘Wild Harvests‘, in celebration of the successful conclusion of the StarTree project. It looks at a range of wild harvests, including forest microbes and materials for tanning hides, as well as various aspects of foraging and wild food collection, and features articles by StarTree colleagues and contacts.
Project Blaeberry is a thorough and passionate piece of research,
meticulously argued, which presents a vision of how restoration of Vaccinium myrtillus understorey in Scotland could both underpin the ecology of new woodland plantings and also make them financially viable for community groups, producing a crop long before the timber trees could.
The author, Fiona Sinclair, searched literature, travelled, spoke and wrote to many people, and observed many blaeberry stands to piece together an understanding of both their uses and how they could be managed.
Published in 2001, this in-depth study was still unsurpassed when it was rediscovered by Reforesting Scotland’s researchers during the StarTree project. It includes a call for practical growing trials which could still very usefully be carried out. If you would like to get involved with doing this, please contact