Annual Study Tour 2021 Programme

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The programme for the 2021 Study Tour is:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Morning The morning has been set aside to learn about the Cairngorms Connect project – the biggest habitat restoration project in Britain. This is a partnership of neighbouring landowners, committed to a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park. Meet at 9am and travel to Arradoul near Fochabers to meet Ronald Christie of Christies of Fochabers. Christies of Fochabers is a long establish tree nursery situated on the low-lying area beside the Moray Firth that continues to produce high quality plants for the Forest Industry in Scotland.

Leave Tomintoul around 9.30am and travel to Cullen to meet Will Anderson, director of Seafield estates.

He will give members a tour and discussion of the commercial management of woodland at this low rainfall area on low coastal ground around the Spey.. Seafield Estates is a large and varied estate.

Lunch At Forest Lodge. Buffet lunch Sandwich lunch

Afternoon Participants arrive. Travel to near Carrbridge to meet Duncan Ferguson of the Spey Fisheries Board. Duncan will discuss the recent landscape scale enhancement of the Spey catchment where a 4km. barren stretch of the river Calder will be transformed by establishing a mosaic of woodlands and grasslands totalling 22 hectares along its riverbanks. Following a buffet lunch, we will travel inland to the Deer Park near Fochabers, owned and managed by Forestry and Land Scotland. Paul Raisbeck forester will meet RSFS members to discuss the recent broadleaf thinning as part of the CCF prescriptions for the area.

To Gordon Castle to meet the head gardener Ed Bolam. We will visit the walled garden to learn how the many fruit trees and shrubs are managed to produce various delicious products such as gin and cider. If time permits, we may be able to see around the policy woodlands that surround the castle.
Annual Study Tour concludes

Evening Meet up, introduction and buffet supper.

If you'd like a full meal as well, please arrange this with the hotel 01807 580388.
19.00 for 19.30 at Clockhouse Restaurant, Tomintoul.Guest Speaker - David Leslie, Director of James Jones & Sons Limited.

In addition to the full menu we will provide a glass of Prosecco on arrival for each guest and two glasses of Red or White wine per head with Dinner.
Opportunity to join up later (7pm) for some traditional entertainment and a meal in the Richmond Arms - this will cost £25.00 extra (not included) - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.

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