28 May 2022 - 27 May 2023
  • Balbeg and Blairquhan

    Date 29 06 2022 10:00
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    Balbeg and Blairquhan
    29 06 2022 10:00
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    Balbeg and Blairquhan

    Balbeg, owned by Andrew and Lynne Sinclair, was the winner of last year’s inaugural Climate Change

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    Balbeg, owned by Andrew and Lynne Sinclair, was the winner of last year’s inaugural Climate Change Champions Award under the auspices of Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. Commenting on the award Professor Chris Quine of Forest Research noted the Sinclairs strong commitment and consistency of vision drawing on guidance and expert knowledge by establishing trees to sequester carbon and contribute to a de-carboned future. Sticking with that theme Balbeg also has biomass heating and a run of river hydro scheme

    Those who relish a stretch of the legs can climb Bennan Hill. We will see the recent felling of much of Bennan Wood. A technically challenging steep site with the oldest trees planted in 1932, including some good lodgepole pine. Our hosts will also show us the new woodland creation on Bennan.

    The afternoon will be a walk (downhill and less steep than Bennan) through the Broadwood and Ghaisthole at Blairquhan. The owners, Pat and Marguerite Hunter Blair, say the wood won lots of awards in the 1950s and 60s from the Society, but regrettably the quality of management has gone downhill over the last decade or so and they want your advice. The majority of the wood is 6 Ha or so of oak with some beech, planted in 1938. Members will be glad to read that they will also see some conifers for diversity, including small stands of Serbian spruce and monkey puzzle of the same age.

    The Hunter Blairs hope to arrange a walk through the Pinetum by kind permission of the owners of the castle.

    Logistics

    Meet at Balbeg football pitch at 10.00 on 29 June. About a mile and a half south of Straiton on the Newton Stewart road you will see a brown sign for Balbeg Country Holidays taking you west off the road. Follow that single track road for a quarter of a mile or so and the football pitch will be on your left.

    Postcode for satnav is KA19 7NN. Grid reference NS 382 026.

    Please bring a packed lunch. Shelter will available in the unlikely event that it is raining.

  • Alvie Estate

    29 06 2022 10:00
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    Alvie Estate
    29 06 2022 10:00
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    Alvie Estate

    RSFS Northern Region

    Alvie Estate visit Wednesday 29th June 2022 at 10.00

     

    Rendezvous           Alvie

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    RSFS Northern Region

    Alvie Estate visit Wednesday 29th June 2022 at 10.00

     

    Rendezvous           Alvie House/Estate Office, PH21 1NE

    Directions             Take B9152 towards Kincraig. I mile north of the village turn under the new A9 carriageway(Sign to Estate Office plus RSFS signs) 

    DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER DIRECTLY FROM A9.

    Please bring packed lunch

     

    Programme

    Introduction and overview of Estate

    Home Farm Marginal forestry plus thinning operations

    Moorland Edge- limit of commercial planting, Carbon Credits,constraints.

    Experimental plantation and viewing of Zipwire,Tourism.

    Woodchip operations.

    Dalraddy Holiday Park

     

  • Grange Farm and Warroch Hill

    20 07 2022 10:00
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    Grange Farm
    20 07 2022 10:00
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    Grange Farm and Warroch Hill

    Morning: Grange Farm, Dunfermline, Short Rotation Forestry trials.  With Matt Parratt, Forest

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    Morning: Grange Farm, Dunfermline, Short Rotation Forestry trials.  With Matt Parratt, Forest Research Northern Research Station.                                                      

    Afternoon: Warroch Hill, Nr Kinross. Predominantly productive conifer woodland planted 2014 with area restocking in 2015. Planted under SRDP conifer & native broadleaf options. Further 65ha of planted spring 2020. With Bruce Spalding, Tilhill.

  • Knock Hill Farm

    12 08 2022 10:00
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    Knock Farm
    12 08 2022 10:00
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    Knock Hill Farm

    Knock Farm is owned and managed by organic farmer, Mr Roger Polson.

    It lies to the South East of the

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    Knock Farm is owned and managed by organic farmer, Mr Roger Polson.

    It lies to the South East of the prominent Knock Hill, a prominent North East landmark.

    This organic mixed farm holds some 400 acres of diverse woodland and an impressive 10 km of mixed native hedgerows.

    Our visit will include discussion on thinning a millennium woodland, the effects on woodland of recent gales, and the possibilities for planting new woodlands on the farm.

  • Langholm Area

    13 09 2022 10:00
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    Langholm
    13 09 2022 10:00
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    Langholm Area

    Meet at Langholm Car Park, High Street (Kilngreen) to enable car sharing.

    Large scale new woodland

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    Meet at Langholm Car Park, High Street (Kilngreen) to enable car sharing.

    Large scale new woodland creation.

    Hosted by David Leslie, Director of James Jones & Sons.

    Discuss new challenges with various ground preparation techniques/ landscape scale forestry management / effects of Storm Arwen wind damage.

  • Kyloe Forest

    16 09 2022 9:45
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    Kyloe Forest
    16 09 2022 9:45
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    Kyloe Forest

    Joint Field Day with RFS and the Continuous Cover Forestry Group.

    Hosted by Scottish Woodlands.

    Topics will

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    Joint Field Day with RFS and the Continuous Cover Forestry Group.

    Hosted by Scottish Woodlands.

    Topics will include Continuous Cover Forestry, specimen trees, natural regeneration, deer management and Red squirrel conservation.

    RV: 09.45 at the Old Sawmill, Kyloe Wood. Head for Fenwick Village, TD15 2PQ, grid reference NU066401 and the Sawmill will be signed from there (approx 1/2 a mile further).

  • Philiphaugh

    20 10 2022 10:00
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    RV: 10am, The Waterwheel Café Car Park, Philiphaugh, Selkirk, TD7 5LU. Grid ref: NT450277

    Hosted by Sir Michael Strang Steel.

    A mixed estate with commercial woodlands, native woodlands, wildlife tourism and a new community woodland. 

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