22 Apr 2024 - 21 Apr 2025
  • Barwhillanty Estate

    Date 24 04 2024 10:00
    South West Region
    Barwhillanty Estate
    24 04 2024 10:00
    [South West Region]
    Barwhillanty Estate

    Programme

    Barwhillanty Estate is a mixed estate (5,000 acres) with significant commercial forestry

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    Barwhillanty Estate is a mixed estate (5,000 acres) with significant commercial forestry (around 3,000 acres).

    We hope to: see clearfell site / weevil management/ agroforestry / discuss deer management and see their new deer larder/ see new mixed woodland creation site near holiday cottages/ see the policy woodlands/ see their Woodmizer and firewood enterprise/ discuss Carbon and a have a quick look at forest soils.

    Host

    Oscar Yerburgh. Estate family run since 1884.

    Doug Scott from Scottish Woodlands will be facilitating us.

    Outcomes

    Discusion on how to combine a highly commercial forestry business with other aspects of the estate such as tourism, sporting and deer management.

    Refreshment

    Tea & coffee will be provided on arrival.

    Toilets available.

    Bring your own lunch.

    PPE or special equipment

    Possibly visit active harvesting site so being high viz if you have any – RSFS have a small supply.

    Terrain

    Mostly on rural public roads and good forest roads

    Meeting point

    Participants to meet at the Estate Office

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  • Basic introduction to soils

    03 05 2024 9:45
    RSFS Training Days
    Tweedsmuir Village Hall
    03 05 2024 9:45
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Basic introduction to soils

    This is the first of the new programme of RSFS Training Days in 2024.  The programme for the day

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    This is the first of the new programme of RSFS Training Days in 2024.  The programme for the day is:

    10am                  Arrival at Tweedsmuir village hall – Tea / Coffee and biscuits will be available.

    1015-1130           Classroom session to introduce fundamental concepts.

    1145-1200           Depart for nearby Tweedsmuir forest.

    1200-1300           Examination of model slope to examine soil pits and see how parent material and topography influence soil formation even over short distances.

    1300-1330           Lunch (bring packed lunch)

    1330-1430           Soil pits in old cultivation trial to examine how cultivation has modified soil characteristics over time. (Opportunity to walk through a silver fir provenance trial from 1980’s) 

    1430-1530           Soil Pits in open field as mock soil survey / woodland creation exercise - see key vegetation indicators of different soil types.

    1545-1600           Close

    Trainer

    Andrew Macqueen – local independent forester

    Outcomes

    To give early career foresters a basic introduction to soils and signpost further learning resources

    Refreshment

    Tea and Coffee available in the morning but bring packed lunch

    Bring Your Own Lunch and other refreshments

    PPE or special equipment

    Good quality wet weather clothing

    HiViz vest/jacket

    There may be forestry operations on site during the visit

    Terrain and accessibility

    TBA

    Meeting point

    Participants to meet at the village hall

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  • Forestry in mixed farm management

    08 05 2024 9:30
    North East Region
    Crichie Estate
    08 05 2024 9:30
    [North East Region]
    Forestry in mixed farm management

    The estate and the village of Stuartfield lie some 10 miles west of Peterhead, a prosperous

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    The estate and the village of Stuartfield lie some 10 miles west of Peterhead, a prosperous fishing port on the North Sea.  The Buchan plain tilts gently to the east, the topography is gently rolling and practically the whole area is occupied by mixed farming. The climate is often described as bleak and this description may well be occasioned by the lack of shelter, either topographical or vegetative, to break the winds which can sweep unhindered over this extensive plain.

    Mr Burnett-Stuart has managed the estate successfully as a mainly farming enterprise for over 40 years and we shall find out how forestry is now part of that management regime. We shall see some commercial conifer areas that have been recently felled and restocked, areas of mixed 1984 and 1987 broad leaved planting and a visit to the policy woodland around Crichie house which was planted in the 1750’s. There are extensive areas of windblow on the estate and we shall see the effects of this on management policy. There is a small private sawmill located on the estate where the owner Paul Macullum converts local timber, both coniferous  and broadleaved  into various wooden products  which are sold widely across the UK.

    Host

    Mr Geordie Burnett Stuart whose family has owned Crichie estate since the early 1700’s.

    Outcomes

    Understand how good woodland management can benefit

    • a mixed estate; and
    • local industries such as a small sawmill through co-operation.

    Refreshment

    Coffee and cake is kindly being provided by the North East Region secretary.

    Bring Your Own Lunch and other refreshments

    PPE or special equipment

    Good quality wet weather clothing.

    Terrain and accessibility

    Terrain is undulating in parts with no steep slopes. Surface is generally good. Short walks will be necessary to visit some areas.

    Meeting point

    Participants to meet in car park in front of Crichie house. 

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  • Annual Study Tour 2024

    12 05 2024 6:30 - 15 05 2024
    Events
    Buchanan Arms Hotel
    12 05 2024 6:30 - 15 05 2024
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    Annual Study Tour 2024

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  • Elsoms Tree Nursery

    23 05 2024 10:00
    Lothian & Borders Region
    Harperdean Farm, Haddington
    23 05 2024 10:00
    [Lothian & Borders Region]
    Elsoms Tree Nursery

    Description

    Visit of Elsoms Trees Ltd, a native tree nursery dedicated to producing top-quality

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    Visit of Elsoms Trees Ltd, a native tree nursery dedicated to producing top-quality plants of local provenance Cell Grown Trees, Shrubs and Wildflowers.  In the Morning a walk around the nursery and discussions on Mycorrhizal fungi from Rhizocore Technologies. The Afternoon will be a practical session where you can have a go at seeding, transplanting perhaps even some weeding. (if the afternoon doesn’t appeal feel free to head away at the lunch break)

    Outcomes

    • Better knowledge of Seed collecting and the difficulties involved.
    • How producers are dealing with the challenges of Peat Free Growing Medium.
    • Information on Mycorrhiza
    • Practical experience of Nursery work

    Hosts

    Elsoms Team and Rhizocore Technologies Team

    Lunch/refreshment arrangements

    Provided

    PPE and other equipment

    • Waterproof clothing and
    • Sturdy boots
    • HI VIZ vests will be provided

    Parking and meeting

    Reception Walled Area - On site but would be good to join up to reduce cars as limited space

  • Indicator Plants & Soils for Foresters

    30 05 2024 9:30
    RSFS Training Days
    Cashel Forest Trust
    30 05 2024 9:30
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Indicator Plants & Soils for Foresters

    Description

    After an introduction in the Cashel Forest Centre, and a review of the handouts, the

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    After an introduction in the Cashel Forest Centre, and a review of the handouts, the morning will be spent in the oak, ash and riparian woodlands of nearby Ardyle Wood.  We will focus on the vascular plants which indicate the different site types, including soil conditions, and NVC woodland communities. Ancient woodland indicator species will be noted and some distinctive indicator bryophytes.

    The afternoon will largely focus on open ground habitats at Cashel; types of ground often used for planting. We will mostly be on the hill, viewing grasslands, heathlands and mires, identifying the common plant species which indicate the main site types. Two more upland woodland communities will be seen. Again, there will be some soil pits to visit, including one in more improved agricultural grassland back down near the visitor centre.

    Full programme and a comprehensive set of handouts will be sent nearer the time.

    Outcomes

    During this largely field-based day participants will learn to identify key plants associated with different types of woodland and open ground habitats; plants which indicate soil factors and which aid tree species selection and forest management decisions.

    Ancient woodland indicators, bryophytes and links to National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and Ecological Site Classification (ESC) will be touched on. Several soil pits and soil exposures will be seen during the day and associated plants identified.

    The handouts and reading list will be enable participants to continue learning afterwards.

    Trainers

    • Carol Crawford
    • Andrew MacQueen

    Refreshments

    Tea & coffee on arrival and in afternoon.

    Bring Your Own packed lunch

    PPE or special equipment

    • Waterproof outerwear; and
    • Suitable footwear.

    A list of what to bring will be sent nearer time.

    Terrain and accessibility

    The morning will be largely on made paths, initially with a steady incline, descending in second half.

    In the afternoon we will largely be on rough ground, rather than tracks, including wet mires, and there will be short distances of relatively strenuous walking.

    Meeting point

    Cashel Visitor Centre

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  • Indicator Plants & Soils for Foresters

    05 06 2024 9:30
    RSFS Training Days
    Cashel Forest Trust
    05 06 2024 9:30
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Indicator Plants & Soils for Foresters

    Description

    After an introduction in the Cashel Forest Centre, and a review of the handouts, the

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    After an introduction in the Cashel Forest Centre, and a review of the handouts, the morning will be spent in the oak, ash and riparian woodlands of nearby Ardyle Wood.  We will focus on the vascular plants which indicate the different site types, including soil conditions, and NVC woodland communities. Ancient woodland indicator species will be noted and some distinctive indicator bryophytes.

    The afternoon will largely focus on open ground habitats at Cashel; types of ground often used for planting. We will mostly be on the hill, viewing grasslands, heathlands and mires, identifying the common plant species which indicate the main site types. Two more upland woodland communities will be seen. Again, there will be some soil pits to visit, including one in more improved agricultural grassland back down near the visitor centre.

    Full programme and a comprehensive set of handouts will be sent nearer the time.

    Outcomes

    During this largely field-based day participants will learn to identify key plants associated with different types of woodland and open ground habitats; plants which indicate soil factors and which aid tree species selection and forest management decisions.

    Ancient woodland indicators, bryophytes and links to National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and Ecological Site Classification (ESC) will be touched on. Several soil pits and soil exposures will be seen during the day and associated plants identified.

    The handouts and reading list will be enable participants to continue learning afterwards.

    Trainers

    • Carol Crawford
    • Andrew MacQueen

    Refreshments

    Tea & coffee on arrival and in afternoon.

    Bring Your Own packed lunch

    PPE or special equipment

    • Waterproof outerwear; and
    • Suitable footwear.

    A list of what to bring will be sent nearer time.

    Terrain and accessibility

    The morning will be largely on made paths, initially with a steady incline, descending in second half.

    In the afternoon we will largely be on rough ground, rather than tracks, including wet mires, and there will be short distances of relatively strenuous walking.

    Meeting point

    Cashel Visitor Centre

    WTW: /dull/activates/online

  • Safety Awareness in Mechanised Forestry

    11 06 2024 9:00
    RSFS Training Days
    Durris Kirkton Village Hall
    11 06 2024 9:00
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Safety Awareness in Mechanised Forestry

    Programme

    Mechanised forest operations carry significant risk and many of the fatal and serious

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    Mechanised forest operations carry significant risk and many of the fatal and serious accidents within our industry are caused by workers entering risk zones of machinery or chainsaw operations. This course is designed to highlight the most common risks associated with mechanised forestry and describe controls that all workers should observe to keep themselves safe. This course is suitable for anybody who may encounter live work sites whilst out in the forest including roles within Delivery, Planning, Environment, Wildlife and Recreation/Visitor Services. The event includes an afternoon visit to a live harvesting site and the end time will be dependent upon how that site visit goes.

    Trainer

    Forestry and Land Scotland Learning & Development Technical Trainers

    Outcomes

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Identify and Describe the hazards and risks of harvesting and ground prep sites
    • Reduce risks and stay safe around forestry machine operations
    • Explain and understand current safety procedures.

    Refreshment

    Bring Your Own Lunch and other refreshments

    PPE or special equipment

    We will visit a live operational site in the afternoon, so please bring full PPE for harvesting sites, suitable outdoor clothing, and appropriate footwear for all weather.

    • High vis vest/jacket
    • Hard hat 
    • Safety shoes 

    In addition, please dress appropriately for all weathers. Waterproofs and layers are advisable.  

    Please ensure that any equipment you take to the training event has been inspected/serviced and free from faults/damage prior to the event. 

    Meeting point

    Participants to meet at the Durris Kirkton Hall

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  • Inshriach & Glenmore forests

    19 06 2024 10:00
    North Region
    Parking @ Cairngorm Gliding Club
    19 06 2024 10:00
    [North Region]
    Inshriach & Glenmore forests

    Description

    Ongoing management of FLS Inshriach & Glenmore forests, including work with Cairngorms

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    Ongoing management of FLS Inshriach & Glenmore forests, including work with Cairngorms Connect.

    Inshriach Forest – Stop 1:  dramatic wind throw following Storm Gerrit Dec 2023, how to manage given many constraints.   Stop 2: Feshie plug – recent felling to help with naturalising the river system Stop 3: deer larder and deer management.

    Glenmore Forest – Stop 4: above Ryvoan pass – successful regeneration of pine woodland. Stop 5: east of Badaguish – ongoing removal of Sitka with the aim of regenerating pine woodland.

    Outcomes

    Understand the opportunities and constraints for managing established forestry in an area which is highly designated for its rare habitats, species and scenic value, and with high public access.

    Host

    Brian Duff, FLS and colleagues

    Lunch/refreshment arrangements

    Bring your own refreshments and lunch

    Toilet on route at Glenmore, no other facilities available

    Terrain

    Forest roads, forest rides, and walking across recently felled land (latter is optional).

    PPE and other equipment

    Good quality wet weather clothing.

    Stout footwear.

    Parking and Meeting

    Car park by Cairngorm glider field, 1 mile south of Feshiebridge. For the second half of the day we will regroup at Inverdruie to share cars.

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  • Introduction to species choice

    20 06 2024 9:00
    RSFS Training Days
    Moffat Town Hall
    20 06 2024 9:00
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Introduction to species choice

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    0900                  Arrival at Moffat Town Hall – Tea / Coffee and biscuits will be available.

    0915-1030          Indoor session to introduce fundamental concepts and touch on ESC

    1045-1100          Depart for nearby Crofthead forest.

    1100-1230          Examination of low elevation sites with a range of soil moisture and nutrient regimes and examples of established species

    1230-1300           Lunch (bring packed lunch)

    1300-1430           Examination of high elevation sites with a range of soil moisture and nutrient regimes

    1430-1600           Group exercise examining a range of site conditions applying previous learnings

    1545-1600           Close

    Trainer

    Andrew Macqueen – forester, AMS Silviculture

    Carlota Martin Souto - forester, Ground Truth Forestry 

    Outcomes

    With forest policy steering applicants to deliver greater diversity, there is a need to practice effective site appraisal to ensure diverse species grow successfully and meet the management objectives.

    Practitioners commonly have limited exposure to establishing different species and this uncertainty, along with lack of easily accessible support can lead to suboptimal deployment of other species. This workshop will allow delegates to examine different site types both lowland and upland with a range of species established whilst exchanging knowledge and being signposted to available resources.

    Refreshment

    Bring Your Own Lunch and other refreshments

    PPE or special equipment

    Good quality wet weather clothing

    HiViz vest/jacket

    Terrain and accessibility

    Meeting point

    Participants to meet at the town hall

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  • Capendoch

    28 06 2024 10:00
    South West Region
    Penfillan Farm Steading
    28 06 2024 10:00
    [South West Region]
    Capendoch

    Capenoch

    Capenoch extends to 1000 hectares. 495 hectares are forestry, 385hectares are farmed in hand

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    Capenoch

    Capenoch extends to 1000 hectares. 495 hectares are forestry, 385hectares are farmed in hand using a contractor, and 120 hectares are let on an agricultural tenancy. There are no employees. 63% of the forested area is Sitka Spruce, and 20% is broadleaved woodland. Nearly all larch has been felled as a result of SPHN notices. Conifer diversity is now provided by Norway Spruce and Douglas fir. There is an approved Scottish Forestry Long Term Plan.

    Wood of Keyr project

    This was inspired by DAMP and study of Blaeus Atlas of 1654 , which shows “ The Wood of Keyr” as an extensive broadleaved woodland, throughout Keir parish. Much of this woodland has been lost in the past 370 years. Some field margin trees and small areas of ancient woodland remain. The Wood of Keyr project was launched in 2022, to re-establish field tress throughout the parish. Funding has been provided by The Woodland Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council Nature Restoration Fund.  The work to plant up to 20 trees on 20 farms has been organized by Dumfries and Galloway Woodlands.

    Host

    Robert Gladstone

    Outcomes

    Stop 1 Riparian Woodland

    Rural Stewardship scheme 2011

    Discuss ash regeneration, fencing small woods etc

    Stop 2 Horse wood

    Wood Pasture. Individually guarded oaks, under various grant schemes including Wood of Keyr 2023

    Discuss spec of tree stockades, grazing regime, grants etc

    Stop 3 Horse wood

    Natural Oak woodland

    Consider thinning, regeneration, ash, and long term future

    Stop 4 Piper Knowe

    New planting of oak and alder on farmland under Rural Stewardship scheme 2016

    Discuss removal of tubes

    Lunch in New Room Penfillan

    Stop 5 Long Bank

    Mature natural oak. Light thinning and Rhododendron removed under WIG scheme 1999

    Stop 6 Johns wood 1987

    Overview of commercial forestry. Broadleaves in upland situation. Integrating broadleaves with commercial forestry.

    Refreshments and lunch

    Please bring your own.

    PPE and equipment

    None required

    Meeting point

    Penfillan Farm Steading

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  • Culzean

    22 10 2024 10:00
    South West Region
    Culzean Castle
    22 10 2024 10:00
    [South West Region]
    Culzean

    Programme

    The plan for the morning is to be hosted by the Marquess of Ailsa, whose family gifted

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    The plan for the morning is to be hosted by the Marquess of Ailsa, whose family gifted Culzean to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). The main land use on the residual estate is arable farming together with a number of tenanted farms. There is a significant area of forestry and woodland integrated in to the farm land and although we will be told by the owner that he is a hard-working farmer and doesn’t do forestry, don’t believe him. 

    In the afternoon we will visit woodlands in the Country Park, the western part of the estate gifted to the NTS in 1956.   We will walk to: cliff top SSSI woodlands; inland policies including Happy Valley with ‘Adam and Eve’, P1851 Sitka spruce; woodland gardens and the deer park. We should also catch glimpses of the iconic castle. 

    Host

    Marquess of Ailsa 

    National Trust for Scotland (NTS)

    Outcomes

    What are the family’s drivers for forestry; what works well; what presents more of a challenge? 

    Learn about the general management of the woods, topics including the Long Term Forest Plan under preparation and invasive species removal.

    Refreshment

    Bring your own lunch.

    PPE or special equipment

    None specified

    Terrain

    There are made paths throughout, which can get muddy, and inclines are gentle.

    Meeting point

    Take road to Culzean Kennels on the right-hand side of the A719 just beyond the main entrance to Culzean heading SW towards Maidens.

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