2017 ICF North Scotland: Hardwood Development for North Scotland – Progress & Options
This meeting will examine the progress in realising the potential of hardwood trees for timber and woodfuel production in the north of Scotland as well as at options and Research and Development needs for the future.
There is a long-standing history of hardwood silviculture (oak, ash, elm, beech. sycamore) on certain private estates in the region. However recent decades have seen a growing perception that hardwoods cannot be grown economically at this latitude (57-59 degN) despite experience to the contrary from Scandinavia and development work by Highland Birchwoods etc. Few hardwood stands in the region have been managed for timber since the 1950’s. Recent increases in demand for estate woodfuel and interest in local/community woodland management have raised the profile of hardwoods. The Forestry Commission aims to manage a proportion of their hardwood resources for timber.
We now need to consider what we already know and what more we need to know for the next steps. In the morning session, we have speaker presentations from relevant Forestry Commission and Forest Research staff, and from private consultants. After lunch, we will visit key local private woodlands where hardwoods are being tended for timber.
Tea and Coffee will be provided. Attendees must bring their own packed lunch.
This event is sponsored by Sylvestrus Ltd. and there is no fee to attend. Places are limited and must be booked online by Thursday 20 April 2017.