Current and Past Projects
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, Scottish Forestry, Nature Scot, both Scottish National Park Authorities, and Scottish Environment LINK.
Here is a sample of the work that Cooperative members have been involved with
Restoration of Ancient Woodland Sites
|We are working with the Woodland Trust Scotland to provide a free advisory service for managers and owners on the restoration of these valuable ancient woodland sites. 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 projects which are being delivered in Argyll and Lochaber|
Perthshire and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park: Victor
North East: Carol
Other Areas of Scotland: Gordon
Ecosystem Restoration and Scotland's Rainforest
The Cooperative is excited to be working for a consortium of Enviro NGOs to develop proposals for large scale restoration project which will aim to help both the habitats and communities of Scotland's rainforest zone
Forestry Cooperation SRDP applications
| We're developing an expertise in developing Forestry Cooperation Projects, primarily looking at landscape scale herbivore management, but also taking advantage of opportunities for woodland creation.
Farm and Estate advice on SRDP applications and Environmental Impact Assessments
| We have a strong presence throughout the Highlands, but especially 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.
Support for community woodlands
|We have worked with several communities, including Cambusbarron, Achnamarra, Tayvallich, Arkaig, Kilfinan, Colintraive, and Ullapool with various partners, including Community Woodland Enterprise Ltd and specialist consultants. Tasks have included Feasibility Studies, Community Consultation, Options Appraisals, Management Plans Business Plans, Training and Support.
Collaborative Rhododendron Control in Aberfeldy and Glen Creran
|Working on ways and means to deliver innovative population scale Rhodendron control in Aberfoyle and Glen Creran. Engaging with residents and winning their support, raising funding, selecting contractors and organsing workshops are all part of the mix. Partners include SNH, Scottish Forestry, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Argyll & the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust and Argyll Woodlanders.
Deer Management Advice
| We have establised 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.
Management Planning for Designated Sites
For over 6 years the Cooperative played a part on Scottish Natural Heritage's Framework for Management Planning for Designated Sites and Protected Species. We successfully completed work on a wide range of sites, addressing issues such as the impacts of herbivore and invasive non native plants.
Review of Scotland's Forestry Grant Scheme
We worked for Scottish Environment LINK to lay out the current arrangements for grant support for both woodland management and new planting, and to make recommendations for securing appropriate changes.
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 developed 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
Landscape Design Plan for the Dell, Brahan Estate
|We developed a Landscape Design Plan for this woodland garden as it becomes a part of the National Tree Collection of Scotland. Clients were the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the project was delivered with Adam Reidi.|
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.