22 Feb 2024 - 21 Feb 2025
  • Crichie Estate

    Date 08 05 2024 10:00
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    Crichie Estate
    08 05 2024 10:00
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    Crichie Estate

    Our host for the first visit of 2024 will be Mr Geordie Burnett Stuart whose family has owned

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    Our host for the first visit of 2024 will be Mr Geordie Burnett Stuart whose family has owned Crichie estate since the early 1700’s.

    The estate and the village of Stuartfield lie some 10 miles west of Peterhead, a prosperous fishing port on the North Sea.  The Buchan plain tilts gently to the east, the topography is gently rolling and practically the whole area is occupied by mixed farming. The climate is often described as bleak and this description may well be occasioned by the lack of shelter, either topographical or vegetative, to break the winds which can sweep unhindered over this extensive plain.

    Mr Burnett-Stuart has managed the estate successfully as a mainly farming enterprise for over 40 years and we shall find out how forestry is now part of that management regime. We shall see some commercial conifer areas that have been recently felled and restocked, areas of mixed 1984 and 1987 broad leaved planting and a visit to the policy woodland around Crichie house which was planted in the 1750’s. There are extensive areas of windblow on the estate and we shall see the effects of this on management policy. There is a small private sawmill located on the estate where the owner Paul Macullum converts local timber, both coniferous  and broadleaved  into various wooden products  which are sold widely across the UK.

  • Annual Study Tour 2024

    12 05 2024 6:30 - 15 05 2024
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    Buchanan Arms Hotel
    12 05 2024 6:30 - 15 05 2024
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    Annual Study Tour 2024

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  • Elsoms Tree Nursery

    23 05 2024 10:00
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    Harperdean Farm, Haddington
    23 05 2024 10:00
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    Elsoms Tree Nursery

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    Visit of Elsoms Trees Ltd, a native tree nursery dedicated to producing top-quality

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    Visit of Elsoms Trees Ltd, a native tree nursery dedicated to producing top-quality plants of local provenance Cell Grown Trees, Shrubs and Wildflowers.  In the Morning a walk around the nursery and discussions on Mycorrhizal fungi from Rhizocore Technologies. The Afternoon will be a practical session where you can have a go at seeding, transplanting perhaps even some weeding. (if the afternoon doesn’t appeal feel free to head away at the lunch break)

    Outcomes

    • Better knowledge of Seed collecting and the difficulties involved.
    • How producers are dealing with the challenges of Peat Free Growing Medium.
    • Information on Mycorrhiza
    • Practical experience of Nursery work

    Hosts

    Elsoms Team and Rhizocore Technologies Team

    Lunch/refreshment arrangements

    Provided

    PPE and other equipment

    • Waterproof clothing and
    • Sturdy boots
    • HI VIZ vests will be provided

    Parking and meeting

    Reception Walled Area - On site but would be good to join up to reduce cars as limited space

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