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‘The forest is a beautiful place to be’
Forestry Memories
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No: 989   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 2008
‘The forest is a beautiful place to be’

The second in a series of Touchwood History publications (2008) this one highlighting the story of forestry in the Great Glen in the 20th century written by Mairi Stewart and published by the Forestry Commission.

The PDF which can be accessed above shows the inside front page and lists the topics covered.

Booklets can be purchased from Forestry Commission Publications www.forestry.gov.uk/publications under their miscellaneous category and stock code FCMS115 (ISBN 978-0-85538-761-7) £5.

The foreword in the booklet is written by Bob McIntosh (Forestry Commission - Director Scotland) and is copied below.

‘Forestry is an act of faith. Trees are planted in the hope that when they mature into forests 50 to 70 years later, the reasons why they were planted will still be of relevance to society or that new and valued products and services will have emerged in the intervening period.

It took men of vision to begin the process of reforesting Scotland after centuries of man induced deforestation but even they could not have envisaged that the trees which they planted to ensure that Britain had a strategic reserve of timber in the event of another major war would develop into forests delivering a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits

Their part in the delivery of this major change in land use in the Scottish uplands has been recognised and many words have been written about the development of forestry policy in Scotland but no history of forestry in Scotland would be complete without an insight into the contribution made by the people on the ground who created these forests and without an appreciation of the impact of this afforestation programme on local communities.

This latest publication from the Touchwood Oral History project provides a fascinating insight into the history of state forestry in the Great Glen as seen by local people who were involved in, or affected by, this dramatic change in land use over a relatively short time. As modern foresters attempt to re-create linkages between communities and their local forests this publication is a timely reminder of the need to recognise, value and develop a culture which positions state owned woodlands as valuable local and national assets in which people feel they have a stake and from which they derive a range of benefits.’

Bob McIntosh
Other Touchwood History booklets available at the time of writing are:

‘The smell of the rosin, noise of the saw’ - the story of forestry in Mid Argyll in the 20th Century (See Forestry Memories picture No 988)

‘No rivalry but different’ – the story of forestry in and around Glenmore and Rothiemurchus in the 20th Century (See Forestry Memories picture No 990)

‘The forgotten forest’ – the story of Whitelee Forest in the 20th Century. (See Forestry Memories picture No 991)

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