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Bruce Spalding

Bruce Spalding HND, Senior Forest Manager

Bruce has an extensive practical background, having started his forestry career in 1991 working in the Inverness area with EFG (Economic Forestry Group) under the Youth Opportunities Training Scheme.

After completing his training, he spent the next 15 years undertaking practical forestry work. This ranged from being a self-employed chainsaw operator in Morayshire to working as a foreman in a large planting squad in Wester Ross, before settling in Perthshire in an estate forestry squad for 9 years. During his time on the estate, Bruce spent a 2 month sabbatical in Finland attending a forwarder operator’s course, and also gained an HND in Forestry at Newton Rigg College through part time study.

Having started his forest management career in 2006, Bruce then joined Tilhill in 2009 as Assistant Forest Manager before progressing to Forest Manager and now Senior Forest Manager.

His specific duties include management of two key investment portfolios, involving harvesting and restocking. He also leads on significant woodland creation projects for the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland and private investors, culminating in winning the James Jones Trophy, Scotland’s Finest Woodland Awards for the Warroch Hill property in 2015.

Bruce enjoys attending Royal Scottish Forestry Society outings and spends most of his spare time in the outdoors either fishing or hill walking.