‘A pan-European project to support the sustainable exploitation of forest resources for rural development’
In 2012 Reforesting Scotland (RS) was invited to join a consortium bidding for 4 years of EU research funding. The bid was successful, and RS became a partner in the StarTree research project, studying ‘non-wood forest products and multi-purpose trees’ (NWFPs and MPTs).
As an SME partner (rather than an academic institution), RS’s role was to engage with people on the ground within our own region. For the first few months of data collection RS consultants responded to requests from academic colleagues, answering questionnaires and delivering surveys, helping to build a picture of the State of the European NWFP sector. These were followed by in-depth case studies on institutions and innovation, which gave us our first chance to influence the direction of the work. At the same time we began action research, the part of the work which was designed almost entirely by RS and our partners within Scotland.
Throughout the project we attended 6-monthly meetings around Europe; we helped to raise awareness of the project and disseminate its outputs; and we drew together and engaged with a StarTree regional stakeholder group.
The StarTree project in Scotland was delivered by:
Emma Chapman – Project Manager and Researcher –
Toni Dickson – Researcher –
Fi Martynoga – Director
Sally Macpherson – Director
with additional help from researchers Lorna Slade and Crispin Hayes
For more information email Reforesting Scotland at