Machines demo to help boost small scale harvesting

A demonstration of small to medium sized harvesting machinery in February 2016 aims to show small scale forestry businesses how the new Forestry Grant Scheme can help boost their businesses.

This free event will explain how the Harvesting and Processing capital grant option can help contractors to buy appropriate small or mini scale harvesting and extraction machinery to increase local harvesting and processing capacity. This aims to add long-term, sustainable value to local economies by helping bring smaller woodlands - and those on more sensitive sites - into management.

Derek Nelson, Forestry Commission Scotland’s Business Development advisor, said;

“It’s really about providing support to facilitate and enable diversification.

“We want to show that the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme can help businesses to invest in new, specialised equipment and help increase the local small-scale harvesting and processing capacity.

“This type of investment is not only good for businesses but  is good for the long-term vitality of woodlands and local  timber processing businesses. Firewood in particular is a real growing market.“

The event is being staged at Falkland Estate in Fife on Thurs 25th and Fri 26th February. There will be six in-wood sessions, led by TDB staff, along with a separate display of other relevant equipment.

During each session, attendees will learn how to select and safely use the right equipment to suit the terrain, woodland and species of tree to be worked.

The machinery being demonstrated includes a small harvester, a small forwarder & a tractor mounted winch, which are all suited for use in smaller and potentially more sensitive woods. Primary processing equipment such as mobile sawmills and firewood processing equipment will also be on show.

There will be information available about the Harvesting and Processing grant, as well as copies of the new Technical Development guide 131 on Selection for safety of small and mini  harvesting and extraction machinery.

In addition, a new guide looking at the health and safety aspects of selecting small and mini scale harvesting and extraction machinery, written by the Forestry Commissions Technical Development Branch (TDB), will also be available.

Biosecurity measures will be in place and footwear should be free of mud and should be disinfected on arrival.

If you wish to find out tour times or book a place, contact Graeme or Simon on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Places are limited Numbers are limited so early booking is recommended.  

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.