Our Case Studies

Certain topics deserve greater focus. Our case studies provide you with more in-depth analysis on key subjects that we consider important.

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Ashes to Ashes – Ash Dieback Report

Ash Dieback (ADB) is thought to have originated in Eastern Asia where it naturally exists. It was first reported in Europe in 1992 in Poland from where it spread across mainland Europe, jumping the English Channel in the process. It was first confirmed in the UK in 2012 although it...


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What Follows Larch?

Following on from the article in the latest edition of The Leader, here you will find the more in-depth study of 'What Follows Larch?'...

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Boat of Garten – Design in the natural environment.

by Brian Hawtin, Principal Landscape Architect. New avenues of work are being opened up at Tilhill and this has recently been demonstrated by our involvement in the design and planning for a proposed housing scheme situated adjacent to the BSW Sawmill at Boat of Garten in the Cairngorm National Park. The scheme...

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Grimsthorpe Case Study

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Utilising technology - Drones

John Ferguson, Tilhill's First Commercial Drone Pilot Here’s what Tilhill Forestry Manager, John Ferguson (Wales & The Marches, Bala) had to say about passing his test to become a commercial drone pilot: "I expect that drone use will become a norm in the not too distant future"   What led you to become a...

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Restoring a National Nature Reserve in South Yorkshire

During the winter of 2015/16 Tilhill Forestry secured a contract on the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve with Natural England via competitive tender through a national framework agreement. The Phase 1 project objective was to clear approximately 114ha of birch and rhododendron, through a combination of motor- manual cutting and...

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New Woodland Creation – A new beginning

Larriston is one of the largest new commercial woodlands planted in the UK in recent times. It sits within a larger complex of forest near Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders. The farm was put up for the sale by the previous owner due to the relatively poor land quality and need...

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Creating a Scottish forest fit for the future

A 1,000 hectare farm near Lockerbie in Scotland that was planted in the early 1970s is now a thriving and commercially viable forest ‘fit’ for the 21st century thanks to a strategy devised around 17 years ago by Tilhill when the first crop of timber came to maturity, and replanting...

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Forestry and Flooding

Introduction As the UK endures yet another winter that has brought floods to several parts of the country, many people are asking what can and should be done in order to protect themselves and their property in the future? This is a particularly urgent question to answer given the fact that,...

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Scottish farmland being returned back to a forest by Tilhill Forestry

Tilhill is managing a project to convert a large upland sheep and cattle farm extending to just over 1000ha, close to Newcastleton in Scotland, into what will become a significant area of productive forest – helping to meet government targets for planting and supporting the wood processing industry. The land was...

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What is rewilding? Rewilding is achieved by restoring ecosystems to a functioning state by re-establishing declining or entirely missing native species with the intention of creating a system that can look after itself whilst also helping society to thrive. It can be applied to all terrestrial and marine habitats, but Tilhill’s...

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