New films highlight water management on forestry sites

Forestry Commission Scotland has produced two short films highlighting aspects of water management in forests.

The good practice video guides aim to show forest managers and contractors how to comply with water regulations when cultivating or harvesting a site.

Julia Garritt, the Commission’s policy adviser on water and soils, said;

“We wanted to demonstrate how straightforward compliance with water regulations can be. Working with SEPA, we went to working forest sites to see good practice in action and interviewed those involved, from civil engineers to forest managers to contractors. We also spoke to Conservancy and SEPA officers, to ask what they wanted to see as regards good practice.

“One film focuses on managing water in the cultivation stage, the other on the harvesting stage. The films also look at managing water when building roads and taking timber off site. They cover the issues that need to be thought about, planned and dealt with, to prevent forest operations causing water pollution.

“It’s a great way to illustrate simply and clearly what needs to be done so that forests can be worked effectively without the risk of causing pollution and breaching water regulations.”

The cultivation film explains the issues involved in site preparation, including road building, and the effective planning of site drainage before trees are planted. The film highlights the importance of becoming familiar with the site – knowing its former land use, soil and topography, weather patterns and existing drainage – in order to choose the right techniques and machinery to stop run-off going into a watercourse.

The harvesting film also underlines the importance of planning drainage before operations start, of anticipating potential issues and of putting mitigating measures in place beforehand. Using examples from a sanitation felling site and a site with a very sensitive watercourse and high levels of public access, the film shows a range of simple measures that can be taken to avoid the generation of sediment.

The films showcase water management work in south Scotland by foresters from Forest Enterprise Scotland, Scottish Woodlands, Tilhill and Forestry Ground Preparation Ltd,

For advice on managing water on a particular site please contact your local SEPA or Forestry Commission Scotland Conservancy office.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.