Tilhill Forestry, June, 2019

The Forests of the Future

by Tilhill Forestry Assistant Forest Manager, Hannah Richardson South West Scotland

Since my last blog woodland creation has become a much larger aspect of my day to day job.

As an Environmental Science graduate and keen environmentalist, I enjoy the challenges and rewards that come from being a part of woodland creation projects. Despite the majority of the woodland creations in my area being large commercial conifers, it is nice to know that there are multiple benefits to planting a wood or forest in addition to the main focus of timber income.

Benefits such as:

Being a part of woodland creation proposals and their implementation is as much about planning as it is about the groundwork.

It is vitally important that the ground conditions are suitable for the species we are going to be planting on site as changes can have a big impact on the landscape, wildlife and rural economy of the area.

With ever increasing government targets for afforestation that sometimes feel unachievable, it was great to see the recent announcement that Scotland has achieved 11,200 hectares of new planting last year, with the target originally being set at 10,000 hectares.

I look forward to the challenges that are still to come with new planting schemes and to continue to meet and exceed the targets set for us in order to do our bit to tackle climate change.