Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Old ways through the woods

Looking through a Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) out in Argyll, and came across this old pathway through the wood. Someone put a fair bit of work into cutting a path into the hillside. It would have been wide enough for a person or a horse.

Further on there's the remains of a gateway through a dyke. Research indicates the dyke was probably built in the 1820's.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Vote for Treshnish!

Treshnish Farm, which we have been involved with as part of the Atlantic Hazelwood Project has won the Scottish leg of the RSPB Nature of Farming Award.

Treshnish is now in the running for the national award, and to win they need as many votes as possible, so please help to support this great example of a West Highland farm by voting at

(Thanks to http://treshnishbirdlog.blogspot.com/ for use of the picture, showing a view over the Treshnish hazelwoods towards Rum and Skye)

Monday, 22 August 2011

Argyll NFU & Agricultural Forum Meet

Argyll National Farmers Union and the Agriculture Forum had a joint meeting at Ardkinglas Estate, taking in a view of some of the native woodland work that Scottish Native Woods have been involved with at Ardkinglas.
The participants had a lively session on the impact of forestry expansion on the farming sector. John Semple, Regional NFU Chairman, and Sid House, FC Conservator are listened to by Andrew Barbour, a past Scottish Native Woods trustee. Andrew has just been appointed to head the Scottish Government's Woodland Advisory Group, which will be looking at the balance between woodland creation and farming activity.

After the forestry session, the participants moved on to inspect some shearling blackface tups from Pole Farm (before a final stop and a tasting session at Fyne Ales).

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

A sunken road............

VIDEO- Another PAWS site

VIDEO- A more open area

Under your feet.....

As well as ancient woodland indicator vegetation, there are a lot of other things under your feet in here as well. See below............






Monday, 8 August 2011

Eyes Down

Certain plants are used as indicators of the history of woodland cover on a site. When out in the Caledonian Pinewoods at this time of year it is worth keeping a look out on the forest floor for a few of these pinewood indicator plants.

The lime green hummocks of Ostrich-plume feather moss (Ptilium crista-castrensis) stand out in the low light conditions of the wood. This moss gets is name from its resemblance to an ostrich feather.

Peaking through the heather below, are the white flowering spires of creeping lady's-tresses (Goodyera repens) which as the name suggests spreads through creeping runners ending in rosettes of oval evergreen leaves. This species can also be found in Scots pine plantation in the North East.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Looking along Loch Tay

On way to Oban yesterday for meeting with Gordon and Shona, one of our company directors.

Stob Binnein & Benmore

Farm across Loch Tay

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Turriff Agricultural Show

Scottish Aspen, Populus tremula was the theme of Scottish Native Woods' display within the forestry marquee at the Turriff Agricultural Show this week.
I am delighted to say a few of the visitors to the stand had aspen in their woods and many hoped to plant a few Scottish aspen trees in their new woodland plantings this autumn, which is great news.
Our display boards, made from locally grown birch and ash, were also admired.

Many thanks to Forestry Commission Scotland for the invitation to participate in the forestry marquee.

Alstor at Kilfinan Community Forest Company

Kilfinan Community Forest Company had a great "Tree to Table" day on Saturday, with over 200 people turning out to see what's going on in the woods. Here's the Scottish Native Woods' Alstor showing that a wee machine can move a mountain of wood.

Neil Hopkinson put his firewood processor on display. We've helped KCFC with a firewood feasibility study, and they are gearing up to supply a high quality low carbon fuel from the forest.

Having a go at greenwoodworking is always popular, and the Argyll Green Woodworkers Association stand was kept busy.