Scotland's woodlands and the historic environment
Scotland's forests been vital to the development and sustenance of settlements, industries and communities. throughout history, to the present day.
Over 25,000 archaeological features lie in or around Scotland's woodlands. There are colourful, incredible and tragic tales - from the ice age to the 20th Century.
Many of these stories still resonate. They tell us how important it is to manage our natural resources well, and the importance of diversification.
A summary of what forest and woodland managers should consider in relation to the historic environment
This document outlines how the forestry sector can tap into this rich cultural heritage and help develop historic sites - including designed landscapes and ancient woodlands.
This fully illustrated archaeological booklet presents the results of recent archaeological measured survey work across Scotland’s National Forest Estate. The publication aims to showcase the range of work that we commission – and to highlight the benefits of such surveys in supporting sustainable conservation management. The sites range from Neolithic stone circles to the coastal defences of WWII - and the surveys include some pioneering developments.
This practice guide aims to help forestry and woodland managers when considering the archaeology and historic environment in their stewardship. It provides an accessible introduction to exploring 'archaeology in the field', illustrating and describing many of the more common archaeological features.
A guide to the resources available to forest and woodland managers relating to the historic environment of Scotland. It has been designed as a routemap to the most pertinent available information and advice.
These case studies highlight examples of best practice conservation management over a wide range of archaeological sites and historic landscapes and showcase the potential that the historic environment can play within Forest Plans.
This fully illustrated practice guide provides essential information on the effective stewardship of trees and woodlands in a designed landscape.
Starting with a succinct review of the historic periods of design styles, the guidance section provides practical information on how all the tree elements can be conserved and managed.
The document is available to download free via the link above, whilst a paper copy is available for purchase from any FCS office for £5.00.
Read about the many archaeological and historical sites located in Forestry Commission Scotland woods and forests