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All the latest news from Highfield Forestry.

New property for sale - Clawfin
7 Jul 2017

The property is situated in the South west of Scotland just 2.5 kilometres north east of Dalmellington off the B 741.

The land is ideal for planting as a new forest. It lies within an area on the fringe of the CSGN area and will benefit from enhanced levels of government grant for new planting.

Area 44.5 hectares (111.5 acres)

Asking price £125,000

More details given here: http://www.highfieldforestry.com/for-sale.html

JOB OFFER - OFFICE BOOKKEEPER AND ADMINISTRATOR
21 Jun 2017

Woodland creation consultation
3 Oct 2016

Another consultation process for Woodland Creation project in Angus has begun last week. Scoping letters have been sent to individuals and public bodies identified as stakeholders. 

The design covers three blocks of a total area of 55.04ha as seen on the attached maps, located North West from Kirriemuir, grid references: NO 317 583, NO 317 572 and NO 309 571.

The intention is to plant approximately 52 hectares of woodland. The remaining area within the scheme boundaries will be designated as designed open ground.

Prior to planting the site will be deer fenced, drained and cultivated where required.
The main species will be native Scots pine and native mixed broadleaves. Those species were chosen with a careful consideration of the local climate and site conditions. New woodland in the area will deliver many benefits. We hope that improving the diversity of the landscape will make the area more attractive for local people and also for visitors. Woodlands provide a friendly habitat that attracts a variety of wildlife including priority species – red squirrel, present in the close area.
 
All current Forestry Commission guidelines will be followed in carrying out the works. 
 
Woodland Creation Project 2016
24 Aug 2016

Highfield Forestry has been awarded a new contract under the Forestry Commission Woodland Creation Framework. On behalf of the Scottish Government, the afforestation project will cover an area of 279.1ha in central Scotland. The main tree planting work will take place over three phases across the next three years with foundation works being completed in spring 2019.

Highfield Forestry has a good portfolio of previous woodland creation projects for our clients and as a part of frameworks run by Forestry Commission.

763,159 new trees will be planted in the Kilpatrick Hills, just 9 miles (14.5km) from the centre of Glasgow. This is a big step after many years of preparation and design works. The sites have been carefully chosen and surveyed by Forestry Commission Scotland staff, planting will follow detailed Forest Design Plans that have been through a consultation process with the public and many other interested parties. The design includes productive broadleaves and conifer species along with many areas of native woodlands and open ground to fulfil all objectives of multifunctional forestry. The new forests will benefit the biodiversity and landscape of the surrounding areas and will also provide in time great opportunities for recreation.

The operations needed to provide the optimal conditions for tree growth include fencing, cultivation, planting, weeding, pest control, fertilising, loss control etc. The project will secure many jobs over the next few years and we are very happy to be a part of this process.

For more information follow the FSC website http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/kilpatrick-hills

Woodland creation consultation
19 May 2016

The consultation process for Woodland Creation project in Angus has begun this week. Scoping letters have been sent to individuals and public bodies identified as stakeholders.

The design covers two blocks as seen on the attached maps – Aucharroch North (26.25 ha) and Aucharroch South (4.41ha) located North West from Kirriemuir, grid references: NO 325 580 and NO 331 557.

The owner is planning to plant the area with trees and will shortly seek approval and funding through the Woodland Grant Scheme.

The intention is to plant approximately 26 hectares of woodland. The remaining area within the scheme boundaries will be designated as designed open ground.

Prior to planting the site will be deer fenced, drained and cultivated where required.

The main species will be native Scots pine and native mixed broadleaves. Those species were chosen with a careful consideration of the local climate and site conditions. 

All current Forestry Commission guidelines will be followed in carrying out the works. 

Our Forests, Our people
6 Apr 2016

An interesting video by CONFOR about the UK forestry sector.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM5AA-6DTlA&nohtml5=False

Cambusbeith and Dola Forest Design Plan Consultation
2 Feb 2016

The consultation process for Cambusbeith and Dola Forest Design Plan has begun last week. Scoping letters have been sent to individuals and public bodies identified as stakeholders.  

The forest plan will cover two forest blocks Cambusbeith (112.29 ha) and Dola (65.55ha) located approximately 3 miles north-east of Lairg in Sutherland, grid reference: NC 636 071 and NC 613 086. 

The forest is primarily used for commercial forestry. It is a first rotation crop planted in 1983-87 with productive conifer species, mainly Sitka spruce but also Lodgepole pine, Japanese larch and few other minor species. The site lies within Strath Carnaig and Strath Fleet Moors SSSI and SPA and directly by Lairg and Strath Brora Lochs SSSI and SPA.

The Forest Plan will detail the restructuring proposals and timescale for the forest over the next 20 years. The operations will include gradual felling of limited areas in at least 5 year intervals between adjacent felling coupes and replanting by species suitable for the site. Timber production will remain the main objective for the forest however areas of the broadleaf planting and designed open ground will also be included in the design. The plan will seek to enhance the diversity and character of the wood as well as to improve the visual amenity of the forest. The forest will be managed to conform to the UK Forest Standards and UKWAS Guidelines which uphold best industry practice.

 

Woodland Creation Projects 2015
9 Sep 2015

Highfield Forestry has been awarded three new contracts under the Forestry Commission Woodland Creation Framework. On behalf of the Scottish Government, the afforestation projects will cover an area of over 167 ha (net) across 3 sites in central Scotland, as seen on the map.

Highfield Forestry has a good portfolio of previous woodland creation projects for our clients and as a part of frameworks run by Forestry Commission.

485 000 new trees will be planted on a former agricultural land. This is a big step after many years of preparation and design works. The sites have been carefully chosen and surveyed by Forestry Commission Scotland staff, planting will follow detailed Forest Design Plans that have been through a consultation process with the public and many other interested parties. The design includes productive broadleaves and conifer species along with many areas of native woodlands and open ground to fulfil all objectives of multifunctional forestry. The new forests will benefit the biodiversity and landscape of the surrounding areas and will also provide in time great opportunities for recreation.

The works to establish the forests will take place over the next 5 years although most of the works will be focused in the next 6 months.  These operations are needed to provide the optimal conditions for tree growth and include fencing, cultivation, planting, weeding, pest control, fertilising, loss control etc. The projects will secure many jobs over the next few years and we are very happy to be a part of this process.

Properties for sale
7 Sep 2015

Our website has recently been updated and a new section with properties for sale is now available here

If you are interested in purchasing a forest property or would prefer to become a member of a forest owning partnership get in touch with us. We offer a wide range of services including professional advice and forest valuation.

Highwood Forest Design Plan Consultation
30 Jun 2015

The consultation process for Highwood Forest Design Plan has begun today. Scoping letters have been sent to individuals and public bodies identified as stakeholders.  

Highwood is located approximately 4 miles south of Dunbar in East Lothian, grid reference: NT 689 718.  

The site was planted in several phases from 1952 with the majority of planting occurring in the 1980s. The wood has a diverse range of species. Part of the original planting has already undertaken the restructuring process which included felling and replanting in a few phases, most recently in 2012. 

The Forest Plan will detail the restructuring proposals and timescale for the forest over the next 20 years in order to improve its species diversity and the overall view of the forest. The main emphasis of the forest plan will be to assess and plan the Low Impact Silvicultural Systems (LISS) management of the forest.

The plan will seek to enhance the diversity and character of the wood as well as to improve the visual amenity of the forest. The forest plan will improve the structure of the wood by following UKFS and UKWAS guidelines. 

 
Palacerigg Country Park job going well
23 Apr 2015

Job at Palacerigg Country Park for North Lanarkshire Council is going well with all the deer fences up and all the timber harvested and extracted to roadside for lorry collection. We are now busy getting the new trees planted and getting timber away to the sawmill and biomass plant.

We have over 1000 tonnes at roadside now so need some good dry weather to allow access.

Contact us on 01738 442903 to discuss our services