Central Scotland Regional Forestry Forum seeks new chair

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is seeking to recruit a new chair for its Central Scotland Regional Forestry Forum.

The Forum, one of five across the country, advises on the development and implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy, liaising both with the Commission’s Conservancy staff, who oversee the promotion and regulation of forestry in general, and advising the staff who manage the National Forest Estate in the Central Scotland region.

Current Forum Chair, Mr Simon Rennie said;

“This is a great opportunity for those with an interest in trees and woodlands to participate in policy development.

“I have enjoyed my time as chair of this group and have welcomed the opportunity to work with so many people who are dedicated to the future health of forestry and the forest industries in Scotland.

“We are especially interested in receiving applications from anyone with a strong interest in forestry and a particular knowledge and experience base, perhaps in agriculture, woodland management, urban forestry, timber processing, planning or environment or conservation work.”

Generally the Forum consists of 12–15 members who represent the economic, environmental and social aspects of forestry and land management interests. It meets two to three times per year, although participation in working groups and attendance at the Scottish Forestry Forum may be necessary.

This appointment is for a three year term, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further three years. The Chair will receive payment of £2307.00 per annum and will also be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable travel costs at the appropriate rate.

The roles of the Regional Forestry Forums are:  

  • to advise Conservators on regional implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy and provide a regional perspective on the Strategy’s future development;  
  • to develop close relationships with regional industry groups;  
  • to promote the principle of local forestry frameworks, indicative forestry strategies, and other woodland strategies;
  • their development and implementation;  
  • to advise FCS on the suitability of frameworks and strategies which are in preparation; 
  • to advise FCS Forest District Managers managing the National Forest Estate on their Forest District Strategic Plans;

For an application pack please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to Forestry Commission Scotland, Central Scotland Conservancy, Bothwell House, Hamilton Business Park, Caird Park, Hamilton, ML3 0QA.

Completed Applications should be submitted to the above address no later than 10 February 2016 and will be sifted shortly after that.

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.
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