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07 September 2018

It’s a dog’s life…

‘It’s a dog’s life’ is a phrase that is defined as ‘a very unhappy and unpleasant life.’ Having had dogs in the house all my life, the definition surprises me as my dogs have always been happy animals; keen to please, explore and play. Milo, my current canine companion, is...

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The Central Borders team looked at a 2015 direct planted restock on a 45% slope using vegetative propagated Sitka Spruce during a District meeting. These trees are now showing excellent health and vigour on what was a challenging site...

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01 August 2018

Hot and Steamy

Sticking with the theme of weather (I am British don’t you know) I guess I should comment on what a set of extremes we’ve been experiencing. I feel like I can finally breathe again thanks to the downpours of the last few days and I’m sure the trees are just...

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19 July 2018

It must be crystal clear ...

Working in forestry and harvesting constantly presents challenges, varying wildly from site to site and from season to season.  One major issue that has the potential to cause problems found across pretty much every site we manage however is diffuse pollution. Diffuse pollution (DP) can come from a variety of...

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09 July 2018

A New Start

My name is Hannah Richardson and I am 23 years old. I am an environmental science graduate from England and I have been working for Tilhill Forestry for the last year. My route into forestry was not direct, with most of my experience being in environmental education and sustainability. During...

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21 June 2018

Book early to avoid disappointment?

I attended a seminar last October run by Scottish Forest and Timber Technology which looked at how best use could be made of contractor resource in the forthcoming planting season. The message from speakers from nurseries, ground preparation and planters was pretty straightforward - book early to avoid disappointment. I...

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