New good-practice guides to prevent diffuse pollution in forests

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Protecting Scotland’s water courses is the focus of new, on-the-ground guides for forest workers.

A new booklet – ‘Know the Rules’ – and vehicle sticker – ‘Keep your Distance’ - convey straightforward messages for all those who work in forests to protect water quality.

The useful reminders aim to get operators to raise the bar on how forestry operations are planned, communicated and managed in order to minimise diffuse pollution risk and protect the water environment.

Initiated by FCS and SEPA, and with the assistance of Confor, Forestry Contractors Association (FCA) and Scottish Government, the new Forestry & Water Scotland guidance promotes the message of prevention rather than cure.

Dr Julia Garritt, the FCS Land Use Practice Advisor, said;

“The Forestry & Water Scotland initiative is a great example of partnership working, and of trying to reduce costs and increase effectiveness by having shared messages.

“The booklet and sticker focus on compliance with the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) but accommodate the specific water legislation in Scotland, which allows low-risk activities like agriculture, sheep farming and forestry to be undertaken according to General Binding Rules (GBRs).

“The straightforward messages remind all forest workers about the minimum legal requirements and the good forestry practice requirements of the UKFS, which all those working in forests should comply with.”

The guidance covers issues such as storing fuel, fertilisers and pesticides, forest roads and water supplies.

The booklet and vehicle sticker join other useful materials, including videos on water management when cultivating and harvesting,  on a new Forestry & Water Scotland website.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. 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.