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04 March 2020

2020 Forestry

In an interesting guest spot on Mark Avery’s blog, Ian Parsons, Freelance Writer and previously a Ranger with the Forestry Commission, emphatically preaches the virtues of ensuring trees are planted for the right reasons. He refers to the myriad of promises to plant millions of trees during the recent election...



26 February 2020

#PlantTreesAPlentyIn2020 – The Red Tape!

Wales & Marches Assistant Forest Manager Luke Cross kicks off the launch of our #PlantTreesAPlentyin2020 Campaign encouraging landowners to contribute towards our climate change commitments as well as Government tree planting targets. Read Luke's latest Blog below. It is becoming increasingly evident that tree planting is a win-win solution for climate...


05 February 2020

Resolutions of a Forest Manager #IYPH2020

A blog by Southern England Assistant Forest Manager Rob Coltman Hello and a belated Happy New Year! For many of us, the festive season will have faded in to a distant memory, as we wade out to work in rainy mid-winter. However, I’m currently feeling fortunate, I had some respite from our...


13 January 2020

To 2020 and beyond…

I want to start this blog by wishing you all a happy New Year. I hope 2020 is a good one for you all. The forest industry has been thriving since its development in Europe in the 19th century. Since then its growth has continued and its practices have changed...


07 January 2020

When a Plan Comes Together

A blog by North & Central Assistant Forest Manager Jay Li Sanderson. As a lowland forester my area covers the east of England, ranging from the Humber to County Durham. In this area we lack many of the large-scale commercial conifer forests that I am sure our Forest Managers in parts...


20 December 2019

100 years of the Forestry Commission

By Tilhill Forestry's Southern England District Manager Julian Ohlsen Anyone who has recently attended an agricultural show, or purchased a stamp from the Royal Mail’s stunning new collection, cannot have missed that this year sees the Forestry Commission proudly celebrating its centenary. But how many know that our glorious county of...


18 December 2019

Q&A with Aberdeen University Tilhill Forestry Award Winner William Johnson

Aberdeen University William Johnson won the Tilhill Forestry Award for being the top performing student on the MSc Environmental and Forest Management programme in 2018-2019.   Tilhill Forestry was given the opportunity to chat to Will following his win. Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from, what course are you...


04 December 2019

It’s Time to Talk about Woodland Creation

A blog by Assistant Forest Manager Dan Wilson, Central Borders It’s good to see Luke Cross tackling the political climate in his blog last week. It’s a busy time for the government who seem overwhelmingly preoccupied with ‘getting Brexit done.’ Forestry is a breath of fresh air in this regard. “Forestry...


19 November 2019

We are the Lucky Ones. Now is Our Time

Hello everyone, my name is Luke Cross, Assistant Forest Manager in the Bala office and with this blog I hope to remind people how lucky we are to work in this industry and how important our role is for the future. This comes off the back of a new environmental...


06 November 2019

Forestry – A Path Worth Pursuing

Last month I attended the Royal Forestry Society ‘Future Forestry Skills Day. The events aim was to promote forestry and arboriculture to students studying related subjects or those who have recently begun working in the field. The day was split between a morning of talks from industry figures and an...


29 October 2019

My Job as a Forest Manager

by Forest Manager, Hannah Richardson, South West Scotland. My last few blogs have been centred around specific topics so for this piece I’m going to bring it back to my day to day job as a Forest Manager Almost a year and a half ago, when I first started writing my blog,...


21 October 2019

See The Forest For The Trees

Hi everyone, welcome to my second blog post! As I mentioned in my first post, all about the ICF Harvesting and Marketing Study Tour, I started out my forestry career in forest management, before changing to the harvesting sector. So, what’s the difference and how did I get here? Like many...


14 October 2019

Best New Planting Application Report Prize Winner Q & A

Scottish School of Forestry student Alasdair Sangster at Inverness College recently won the Tilhill Forestry Award for Best New Planting Application following a report he prepared on woodland creation in his forestry policy and law module. Tilhill Forestry spoke to Alasdair to gain an insight into his course in HND Forestry...


09 October 2019

Harvesting The Future

A blog by Shaun Holt, Harvesting Contract Manager, Tilhill Forestry I have been asked to write a blog.  Select your own subject they said! But what? I had a think. What subject do you cover when you are out all day just doing your job? Well, there has been a lot...


20 September 2019

My Week at Tilhill Forestry– A Week of Preconceptions Being Disproven.

My Week at Tilhill Forestry– A Week of Preconceptions Being Disproven. By Nicola Fleck. Nicola is from Sedbergh in Cumbria and has just completed her joint honours degree in Geology and Environmental Science at Lancaster University. Nicola is soon to start her MSc in Environmental Law at Lancaster. In looking to...


20 September 2019

What do you do? I work in Forestry.

Hi, my name is Dan Wilson and I’m an Assistant Forest Manager working for Tilhill Forestry in their Central Borders office. This is my second blog for following ‘Forestry? As a Career?’ I think most of my colleagues can remember having some close variation on the following conversation: "So, what d’you do...


10 September 2019

The Perception of Forestry and Forestry Operations

by Luke Cross Assistant Forest Manager, Wales Hello everyone, my name is Luke Cross and I am an Assistant Forest Manager in the Wales Bala office. I have been working for Tilhill Forestry as part of the graduate scheme for over 12 months and boy has the time flown by! This...


29 August 2019

Trees Going Forward

There’s a quote that I’ve seen pop up from time-to-time on my internet meanderings that says something like: “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” I can’t seem to find a definitive source for the quotation and the wording seems...


19 August 2019

Work Shadowing with Tilhill Forestry

Work shadowing by Megan, currently studying a Natural Sciences Degree at St Andrew’s. My work experience week with Tilhill Forestry was extremely varied and ranged from getting to see and experience a wide range of what goes on in the Company, in the office and out on site from both an...


08 August 2019

Forests of the future to clean up the past

by Assistant Forest Manager Hannah Richardson, South-West Scotland. Climate change continues to be at the forefront in all of our day to day lives. Whilst in Scotland last week we were revelling in the almost 30-degree temperatures, it’s hard not to realise that there may be a sinister cause for our...

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