Cooperative members work on a variety of projects, ranging from practical advice for individual woodlands, through catchment scale activity to projects that cover the whole of Scotland. Clients include crofters, farmers, estates, community woodland groups, the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, and Cairngorms National Park Authority.
Here is a sample of the work that Cooperative members are working on at the moment.
Restoration of Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites
|We are working with the Woodland Trust Scotland to provide a free advisory service on the restoration of these valuable woodland sites that have been planted with conifers. The emphasis is on gradual restoration, retaining productive capacity, but slowly re-developing the conservation potential of these sites. We have restored over 1000 ha in the past few years, and are working over much of Scotland, including two new projects being delivered in Argyll and Lochaber|
Perthshire and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park: Victor
North East: Carol
Other Areas of Scotland: Gordon
Management Planning for Designated Sites
The Cooperative is pleased to have won a place on Scottish Natural Heritage's Framework for Management Planning for Designated Sites and Protected Species. We have now completed initial work on a number of sites, addressing issues such as herbivore impacts and invasive non native plants on a wider range of habitats.
Management Planning at Gillies Wood
|We are producing a Management Plan and Business Case for the community acquistion of Gillies Hill on behalf of Cambusbarron Community Development Trust. Working in partnership with Community Woodlands Enterprise Ltd.|
Landscape Design Plan for the Dell, Brahan Estate
|We're developing a Landscape Design Plan for this woodland garden as it becomes a part of the National Tree Collection of Scotland. Clients are the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the project is being delivered with Adam Reidi.|
Collaborative Rhododendron Control in Argyll
|Working on ways and means to deliver catchment scale Rhodendron control in priority areas in Argyll. This is a Forestry Commission Scotland contract being delivered with Argyll Woodlanders and Donaldson Environmental Consultants.
Farm and Estate advice on SRDP applications and Environmental Impact Assessments
| We have a strong presence in the North East of Scotland and are happy to develop applications and management recommendations either directly for you, or indirectly by providing specialist knowledge and advice to other woodland management companies.
Deer Management Advice
| We have developed expertise in developing deer management plans, either for Deer Management Groups or individual properties. Victor Clements is Secretary to the Breadalbane DMG and sits on the Executive Committee of the Association of Deer Management Groups.
We retain an interest in campaigning on a variety of environmental issues. One such current issue is the Tayside beavers.
Atlantic Hazel Action Group
Completion of the Awareness Raising Project for the Species Action Framework Hazel Glove Fungus. Work has included organising events and workshops, woodland advisory visits, and publishing a book. Tasks now include fundraising for the next phase of AHAG’s work.
Red Squirrel Stronghold Strategic Management Statements
We drew up Strategic Management Statements for the 18 Scottish Red Squirrel Strongholds for Forestry Commission Scotland.
Landscape Design Plan for Ardkinglas Woodland Garden
Working for Ardkinglas Estate and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh we have been developing and delivering a Landscape Design Plan for this important west coast garden, including advice on managing the plant collection and proposals to enhance visitor facilities and marketing.
Woodland Advice for Kintyre Farm Woodland Project
Provision of management advice to this farmer led project which was hosted by the Argyll Agricultural Forum. This involved woodland assessment for woodfuel production, advice on native woodland planting, and advice on marketing hardwood timber. Project has successfully evolved into the Argyll Small Woods Cooperative
Preparing Atlantic Woodland Bid for EU LIFE Programme
Work involved securing the support of the managers & owners of land, and communities in and around three Special Areas of Conservation, landscape scale projects involving the co-operation of over 300 owners. Worked to a Steering Group including Forestry Commission, SNH, Plantlife and RSPB.