lssue 53 looks at Well-being, with articles on well-being and rural living, mental health and woodlands, huts and well-being, and wonderful rehabilitation work being done by groups including Abriachan Forest Trust and Borders Forest Trust.


Editorial p5


Feature articles include:

Well-being and rural living p9

Carol Craig

Healing woodlands – a personal perspective p11

Catriona Ross

Voices from the healing forest p13

Lisa Bryden

Huts and well-being: growing with huts p15

David Dean

Nature cure p17

Alan Carter

Pioneering partnerships p20

Suzann Barr  (page 21)

Woods and well-being p22

Diarmid Baillie

Unfinished business – National Parks in Scotland p24

John Mayhew  (page 35)


Regular articles:

Dick Balharry: a life remembered p26

Jill Matthews

Beasts of the Forest: the plight of the mountain hare p30

David Windle   (Watson 2013 paper)


A reader writes: trees and deer: another view p32

Victor Clements


A reader writes: rural land tenure reform – ca’ canny please! P34

Scott McG Wilson


Artists in wood: Tom Cooper p36

Fi Martynoga


StarTree in Germany p38

Emma Chapman


My favourite stove: the Burley stove p40

Lesley Morrison


News Items pp6 & 7

RS Gathering for 2016


RS hosts European forest network event in the Borders

Scottish Rural Parliament

Tree Aid

Huts planning guide launched

Hutting legend Lloyd Kahn to visit Scotland


Book Reviews p40

The rainforests of Britain and Ireland: a traveller’s guide by Clifton Bain


The mushroom at the end of the world: on the possibility of life in capitalist ruins by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing


The Intensification of Grouse Moor Management in Scotland by Andy Wightman and Ruth Tingay, 2015.


Last Word: End of Life p42

Binning Memorial Wood is a green burial site near Tyninghame in East Lothian (EH40 3DU).

T: 01620 850 722



Clovery Woods of Rest near Fyvie, Turriff, in Aberdeenshire (AB53 8QR).

T: 01651 891 654



Findhorn Hinterland Group manages Wilkies Wood, located in a 30-acre mixed pine plantation adjacent to the Findhorn Foundation, in Morayshire.

T: 01309 692 523


Leedam Natural Heritage works with landowners to set up and manage natural burial grounds across the UK, including 3 in Scotland (see below)

T: 01600 716 438


Cothiemuir Hill lies at the heart of the Forbes Estate, near Alford, in Aberdeenshire (AB33 8BN).



Hundy Mundy Wood lies in the Mellerstain Estate, near Kelso, in the Scottish Borders (TD5 7SA).



Delliefure Natural Burial Ground lies within the Cairngorms National Park, near Grantown-on-Spey (PH26 3PN).



Craufurdland Woods is a three-acre site on Craufurdland Estate, near Fenwick, in East Ayrshire.


Roucan Loch Woodland Burial site lies near Collin, in Dumfries and Galloway (DG1 4JF).

T:01387 266 749



Strowan Woodland Cemetery is located between Crieff and Comrie, in Perthshire.

T: 01764 656 567

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