6th day Visit notes to Forestry Areas
The document is courtesy of Glenbranter Forest office staff with particular thanks to Ian Adams who has stored these old files for many years.
This professionally produced booklet was provided as a hand out to a visiting delegation from the 12th Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations. This record is the seventh of eight parts constructed to show the details of the various daily tour notes of the locations visited (See record numbers 4191-4213).
The forests of Kilmichael and Minard are the first subjects with information provide by District Officer I McNeil on the history, geology, topography and staff. Note 10 foresters and 100 forest workers! The group visit a ploughing site where the draining or spaced ploughing is by Cuthbertson ‘F’ type plough. The forest workers then slice the plough peat ribbon into turfs and place at planting distances on the whole area between the plough drains.
Second venue is Cumlodden Estate (Crarae) owned by Sir George I Campbell and look at afforestation that he had initiated in 1919. This was followed by a visit to Crarae gardens also initiated by George Campbell, the work beginning in 1933. There are descriptions of many tree species tried and their success or otherwise.
The continuing journey passes Furnace (with history) to the destination of Inveraray Estate to be met by the factor R M Hamilton and Head Forester A R Davidson. Outline history of the forest is recorded in the booklet and the staff listed as Head and Assistant foresters, one foreman and 15 forest workers plus a gamekeeper and a lorry driver.
The bus party then proceeds up beside Loch Fyne to the night stop in Arrochar with brief mention of all the FC forests in the area and the formation of the Argyll National Forest Park.
Picture added on 30 August 2018 at 20:36