We are keen to use our site to promote the work of other woodland organisations, especially small groups or individuals who would otherwise find it hard to get publicity. If you would like to link your website to ours please forward your details to Alison Averis.
Other Woodland Groups
Reforesting Scotland is a charity committed to sustainable use of woodlands in a well-forested landscape. For their website and excellent list of woodland events click on reforestingscotland.org.uk
The Continuous Cover Forestry Group is a membership organisation for people interested in silviculture and sustainable forestry. It exists to find ways to transform even-aged plantations into woodlands which are structurally, visually and biologically diverse. Click www.ccfg.org.uk to go to their website.
Trees for Life is a charity dedicated to restoring the Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. Click www.treesforlife.org.uk to go to their website.
Borders Forest Trust was set up to conserve, restore and manage native woods and other natural habitats in the Scottish borders. Click www.bordersforesttrust.org to go to their website.
The Highland Aspen Group was set up to promote interest and share expertise in all aspects of aspen in Scotland: its distribution, ecology, management and history.The group also maintains a tree nursery in order to be able to supply trees of local provenance.It is a membership group: for more information contact the secretary, Mary Winsch, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Forest Policy Group is an independent forum for analysis, research and development of forestry policy proposals. To find out more and to download free discussion papers and consultation responses, click here
The Forth Naturalists website is a focus for activities and publications related to the wildlife, environment and heritage of the Forth area. Click www.fnh.stir.ac.uk for the website.
The Argyll Green Woodworkers' Association www.argyllwood.co.ukis a membership group and charity that exists to increase knowledge and interest in woodland skills, ecology, history and management and the use of local timber.
Coppice Association North West (based in the Lake District) promotes coppice management and associated woodland products. Please click on CANW to go to their website.
If you are interested in lower plants: lichens, bryophytes or fungi, you can join Yahoo Groups in order to share information and ideas with other enthusiasts.
Note that there are underscores in the apparent gaps between the words in these addresses.
For publications by Carol Crawford including her NWDG paper on ancient woodland vascular plants and her guide to common woodland bryophytes please click on http://www.tnrc.co.uk/43605.html.
Miscellaneous woodland matters
The Woodland Trust's Ancient Tree Hunt is an on-line record of all old and heritage trees throughout the UK, regardless of species.We are looking for 3 types of tree:
Ancient trees – very old, declining stages of life. Large girth and visually special. Old, fat and gnarled.
Veteran trees – big, mature, with important wildlife and habitat features e.g. fungi, holes, wounds, large dead branches.
Notable/Heritage trees – trees of local or national importance for culture or heritage reasons OR of personal significance to the recorder.
You may, with the landowner's permission, submit the details of such trees to www.ancienttreehunt.org.uk. It's fun and easy to record trees. All you need is: access to the internet; girth at 1.5m; species; grid ref (this can be generated by the map on the website). Girth can be estimated in hugs, or an exact measurement. Each tree has its own mini website so you can add details on the history, the biodiversity value, photos, stories and so on.If you would like to buy a copy of the Heritage Trees of Scotland book for £13.99 (a £6 discount) please visit www.native-tree-shop.com/books.All proceeds from the book go towards the Ancient Tree Hunt.
The Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS) was started in 2004 with the aim of finding out the extent, nature and condition of the native woodlands in all of Scotland’s local authority areas.The survey data is available online to enable woodland owners and managers, partner agencies and local authorities to inform their woodland management, planning and decision-making processes.To see this information, click here and look for the ‘reports’ link in the Summary Reports and Accessing Information section.
Enormous old oak tree at Achnacarry, Lochaber. Photo by Jonathan Wordsworth