More information about the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group

The Woodland Expansion Advisory Group was set up to develop recommendations for constructive, practical and balanced ways to increase woodland cover in Scotland.

The group's task was:

"To provide advice to the Cabinet Secretary, by June 2012, on identifying more closely which types of land are best for tree planting in Scotland, in the context of other land-based objectives; and on promoting good practice and local processes in relation to tree planting so as to secure multiple benefits."

These terms of reference are based on Proposal 7 of the Scottish Government’s Land Use Strategy.

Group members

The 19 strong Woodland Expansion Advisory Group included farmers, foresters, conservation, community and land experts.


From left to right:

  • George McRobbie: UPM Tilhill.
  • Angus Mccall: Scottish Tenant Farmers’ Association.
  • Dr Andrew Midgley: Scottish Land and Estates.
  • Nigel Miller: NFUS.
  • Jonnie Hall: NFUS.
  • George Milne: National Sheep Association.
  • David Barnes: Scottish Government Rural and Environment Directorate (front).
  • Professor Jeff Maxwell: Former Director of Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and recent Chair of Tenant Farming Forum (back).
  • Dr Andrew Barbour: Chair of the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group. Farms in Perthshire and woodland adviser to Atholl Estates.
  • Bob McIntosh: Director, Scottish Government, Environment and Forestry Directorate
  • Susan Davies: Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Jo O’Hara: Scottish Government Rural and Environment Directorate.
  • Hamish Macleod: Director BSW and Chair of FC Scotland’s National Committee.
  • Mark Aitken: Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (front).
  • Stuart Goodall: CONFOR (back)
  • Vicki Swales: RSPB Scotland.
  • Simon Pepper: SNH Board member and former director WWF.
  • (not pictured) Ian Ross: Highland Council and Chair of Planning, Environment and Development Committee. Mr Ross also chaired the Forests for People Advisory Panel.
  • (not pictured) Bill Ritchie: Scottish Crofting Federation, attended meetings from January 2012 onwards.

Press releases

Contact details

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Post: Secretary to the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group, c/o Forestry Commission Scotland, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 7AT

Phone: 0300 067 5000