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Current and Past Projects

Cooperative members work on a variety of projects, ranging from practical advice for individual woodlands, through landscape scale activity to projects that cover the whole of Scotland. Clients include crofters, farmers, estates, community woodland groups, the Woodland Trust, Scottish Forestry, Nature Scot, both Scottish National Park Authorities, and Scottish Environment LINK.

Here is a sample of the work that Cooperative members have been involved with


Current Projects


Rainforest Restoration for Craignish: Nature Restoration Fund success!

We're pleased to announce that we will be working with Woodland Trust to help to develop plans for rainforest restoration on the Craignish peninsula, following a successful bid to the Nature Restoration Fund. We'll be talking to landowners and community members to get their support, and then surveying and costing the work needed to secure a better future for this part of Scotland's rainforest.

Please contact Gordon for more information




Ecosystem Restoration and Scotland's Rainforest

The Cooperative is excited to have joined the Alliance for Scotland's Rainforest. This will allow us to build on partnership work with the Woodland Trust which has been aimed at building the case for large scale projects in the Rainforest. The next phase of  this work is in development at present.

Contact Gordon


Support for community woodlands


We have worked with several communities, including Cormonachan, Glenan, Kilfinan, Achnamara, Tayvallich, Arkaig,  and Cambusbarron with various partners. Tasks have included Feasibility Studies, Community Consultation, Options Appraisals, Management Plans, Business Plans, Training and Support.  

Contact: Gary


Forestry Cooperation SRDP applications 

 We're developing an expertise in delivering Forestry Cooperation Projects, primarily looking at landscape scale herbivore management, but also taking advantage of opportunities for woodland creation. 
Contact: Victor


Farm and Estate advice on SRDP applications and Environmental Impact Assessments

    We have a strong presence throughout the Highlands, but especially in the North East of Scotland and are happy to develop applications and management recommendations either directly for you, or indirectly by providing specialist knowledge and advice to other woodland management companies.
Contact: Carol


Collaborative Rhododendron Control in Aberfoyle and Glen Creran

Working on ways and means to deliver innovative population scale Rhodendron control in Aberfoyle and Glen Creran. Engaging with residents and winning their support, raising funding, selecting contractors and organsing workshops are all part of the mix. Partners include NatureScot, Scottish Forestry, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Argyll & the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust and Argyll Woodlanders.

Contact: Gordon



Deer Management Advice

 We have establised expertise in developing deer management plans, either for Deer Management Groups or individual properties. Victor Clements is Secretary to the Breadalbane DMG and sits on the Executive Committee of the Association of Deer Management Groups.

Contact: Victor





       We retain an interest in campaigning on a variety of environmental issues. One such current issue is the Tayside beavers.

Contact: Victor


Completed Projects



Deer in the Rainforest


We have completed an Environment LINK report on approaches to deer management in the rainforest. In collaboration with Argyll Woodlanders and Broomhill Ecology.

Contact: Gordon


Restoration of Ancient Woodland Sites


   We worked with the Woodland Trust Scotland to provide a free advisory service for managers and owners on the restoration of these valuable ancient woodland sites. We emphasised gradual restoration, retaining productive capacity, but slowly re-developing the conservation potential of these sites. We helped to restore over 1000 ha, working over much of Scotland, but particularly in Argyll and  Lochaber  

Contact:‚Äč  Gordon                 


Strategic Approaches to Rhododendron Control

In conjunction with Argyll Woodlanders we completed a major review for Forest and Land Scotland on approaches to rhododendron control on the National Forest Estate, and a seperate study on rhododendron control in the rainforest for Woodland Trust.

Contact: Gordon


Atlantic Hazel Action Group

hazel glove fungus on mullCompletion of the Awareness Raising Project for the Species Action Framework Hazel Glove Fungus. Work has included organising events and workshops, woodland advisory visits, and publishing a book. 

Contact: Gordon



Management Planning for Designated Sites

For over 6 years the Cooperative played a part on Scottish Natural Heritage's Framework for Management Planning for Designated Sites and Protected Species. We successfully completed work on a wide range of sites, addressing issues such as the impacts of herbivore and invasive non native plants.


Review of  Scotland's Forestry Grant Scheme

We worked for Scottish Environment LINK to lay out the current arrangements for grant support for both woodland management and new planting, and to make recommendations for securing appropriate changes.

Contact Gordon



Red Squirrel Stronghold Strategic Management Statements

We drew up Strategic Management Statements for the 18  Scottish Red Squirrel Strongholds for Forestry Commission Scotland.

Contact: Gordon


Landscape Design Plan for Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Working for Ardkinglas Estate and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh we developed a Landscape Design Plan for this important west coast garden, including advice on managing the plant collection and proposals to enhance visitor facilities and marketing. 

Contact Gordon


Woodland Advice for Kintyre Farm Woodland Project

Provision of management advice to this farmer led project which was hosted by the Argyll Agricultural Forum. This involved woodland assessment for woodfuel production, advice on native woodland planting, and advice on marketing hardwood timber. Project has successfully evolved into the Argyll Small Woods Cooperative

Contact Gordon


Landscape Design Plan for the Dell, Brahan Estate

We developed a Landscape Design Plan for this woodland garden as it becomes a part of the National Tree Collection of Scotland. Clients were the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the project was delivered with Adam Reidi.


Preparing Atlantic Woodland Bid for EU LIFE Programme

Work involved securing the support of the managers & owners of land, and communities in and around three Special Areas of Conservation,  landscape scale projects involving the co-operation of over 300 owners. Worked to a Steering Group including Forestry Commission, SNH, Plantlife and RSPB.

Contact Gordon



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