A Tour through the New Landscapes of Woodlands and their Communities
Not all land use in Scotland is perfect – far from it. But there are glimpses of better things happening. Over 2018, Reforesting Scotland led a study tour to three parts of Scotland, looking at the intertwining stories of ecological, economic, social and personal restoration. The participants on the tour were mostly younger people working in a wide spread of land management roles in Scotland. Scotland suffers from a lot of compartmentalisation in thinking between forestry and farming, ecological and economic development, and the health of people and the land. Our aim was to bring together all these threads in terms both of the participants and the visits, creating new connections between people and ideas.
In June, on the hottest two days of the year, we visited the northern Cairngorms, taking in a large ecological restoration site at Glen Feshie, innovative forest-based businesses, wastercourse restoration, timber growing and a community woodland at Anagach by Grantown-on-Spey.
August found us being rained on in Southern Scotland, around the Moffat area, visiting the impressive Carrifran Wildwood project, Woodlots, riparian woodland restoration, more woodland businesses including mountain biking trails and hire, and a mixed-management estate.
The October leg was in the Central Belt, based in Cumbernauld, looking at new commercial forests, broadleaf timber use, land reclamation through reforestation, hutting and building resilient communities through green networks.
We will be writing up the findings of the tour, both in the next Reforesting Scotland Journal and in a separate report. We are also looking at the possibility of repeating the tour in the future. Contact if you or your organisation would be interested in attending or sending a delegate when this happens.