Spring is here and so is Scottish Forestry
The arrival of the latest edition of Scottish Forestry, the journal of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society, is always a welcome diversion and all the more so at the moment.
Fortunately we have been able to produce the journal more or less as normal despite the restrictions we are all living with to respond to Covid-19. In particular, our thanks must go to the editor, Carol Crawford for once again producing a high quality journal with a mix of RSFS news and reports, peer reviewed papers, articles, book reviews and general forestry news. We also wish to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Barr Printers Ltd and Communicate Mailing Ltd who excelled themselves working with skeleton staffs to print and distribute the journal.
In this edition for Spring/Summer 2020, we have reports of: our final ‘Forestry 100’ events; Simon Stuart’s first year as Monitor Woods Manager; and Pro Silva’s 30th Anniversary.
There are two major papers: Worrell, Ruhsam, Renny, Jessop and Findlay cover wild apple ecology (part two of their research), and National Trust for Scotland ecologists Andrew Painting and Shaila Rao describe 20 years of monitoring at Mar Lodge.
Alastair Riddell writes about his Black Wood in Glen Lyon and difficulties in agreeing management for this SSSI. Philip Gordon and Kate Holl discuss their study tour of the Dehesa system of agroforestry in the Iberian peninsula, and how such a system could apply in Scotland.
Reading through the journal gives us a chance to escape virtually to the woods, to be informed and educated and to reflect on times spent with others who share our love of Scotland’s forests and trees.