Long Service presentation to Emslie Wilson
Photograph courtesy of Emslie Wilson.
Emslie Wilson being presented with his long service certificate by Norman Davidson (Buchan Forest District Manager) on his retirement from the Forestry Commission in Oct 1992. Emslie started as a Forest Worker in Delgaty Forest in 1960 under Forester Willie Skene and shortly afterwards was given some jobs as a Trapper particularly if the weather was too bad for planting. In those early days he was involved in the planting at Delgaty, Greenness, Wagglehill and many of the woods at Montblairy, King Edward, Methlick and Fyvie. Some of the areas had very memorable names such as Camalynes, Rappla, The Loop and Badiebath.
Following the amalgamation with Forest of Deer about 1969 then managed by Head Forester James Thow, Emslie was made up to Ganger and his work then ranged as far as White Cow Wood and even further to Mormond Hill and Rora Moss. In time in the 1980s the Forest of Deer itself became part of Buchan Forest District but by this time the combined squads from the early years of over 30 men at the Forest of Deer forests had dropped to a small handful. Emslie however has been able to see some of the plantations planted by himself and his colleagues being felled with growth rates in some areas of over 20 cu meters per hectare per year.
Standing behind form L-R are Graham Taylor (Forester Forest of Deer section and Private Woodlands), Doug Yates (Forester - Standing Sales), John Weir (District Forester - Harvesting), Peter Webster (Senior Wildlife Ranger - Forest of Deer secion). Peter was also leaving the Forestry Commission at this time.
Picture added on 09 January 2009