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Palaces and Perspective

“Perspective is the Temple of Decision” – inscription in Falkland Palace No grander – nor, in some ways, more unseemly – could have been this year’s setting for Reforesting Scotland’s Blue Skies weekend retreat but Falkland Palace. I decided to write this article from a great vantage point atop the Read more…

A Forest for the Future

In this discussion paper, published by Reforesting Scotland, Jim Knight argues for a creative blurring of the boundaries between ‘production’ and ‘natural’ forest, with a greater emphasis on natural regeneration in both. Jim is a founding trustee of the Borders Forest Trust and a retired Lead Officer for Natural Heritage Read more…

Pine martens

If there was ever an animal that showed the changes that cascade through the web of ecological relationships when you add or remove one of its members, it is the pine marten (Martes martes). This native woodlander was once removed from most of the country by the usual suspects – Read more…

Gorse: Woodland In Waiting

This is a foretaste of what can be expected at the 2014 Reforesting Scotland Gathering. Dr James Merryweather is an independent naturalist, tutor and field guide compiler working in the Western Highlands. He will be giving a talk and leading a visit looking at the best way of managing gorse Read more…