Perth and Argyll Regional Forestry Forum up to full strength

Perth and Argyll Regional Forestry Forum will convene this Friday (11 March) with seven new members.

The Forum, which helps guide the work of Forestry Commission Scotland in an area stretching from Montrose in the east, south to Stirling and to Mull in the west; advertised for new members earlier this year to build on the existing expertise and knowledge of the forum.

The Forum is now very well placed to provide important advice and views to Forestry Commission Scotland in the area, as it looks to increase the contribution of forestry to rural development, to ensure that forestry delivers multiple benefits and to increase public awareness of the importance of woodlands within the area.

Cameron Maxwell, Forestry Commission Scotland Conservator for Perth and Argyll, said;

“We’re responsible for promoting and regulating all aspects of forestry and woodland management across the Perth & Argyll area. 

“That includes working to further improve forestry's contribution to climate change, timber production and utilisation, tree health, forest related tourism, community development, and health and wellbeing. A key part of our work is the promotion of woodland creation to help deliver the Scottish Government’s climate change targets.

“In order to be able to be best placed to pursue these aims we asked for people from as wide a range of disciplines as possible to apply – and I’m pleased to say we have had a fantastic response.”

The Forum’s new members are:

• Andrew Vaughan - District Manager for Tilhill Forestry Central Scotland district

• Andy Robinson - RSPB Conservation Officer in Argyll and Bute

• Carol Evans - Director for Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland

• Fergus Murray - Head of Economic Development and Strategic Transportation with Argyll and Bute Council

• Lucy Sumsion - Regional Manager for NFU Scotland covering the Argyll & the Islands region

• Mick Bottomley - BSW Sawmills Ltd , Log Purchasing Manager North, Fort William & Boat of Garten

• Murray Cook - Archaeologist at Stirling Council with over 20 years experience in Scotland and northern England

Forum posts are voluntary and unpaid, but are eligible for travel expenses. The forum meets 4 times a year and is a combination of indoor and outdoor field visits to various sites throughout the Conservancy looking at a variety of Forestry issues as well as areas of high importance and interest.

More information is available online.

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. The Conservancy area contains some of the most diverse cultural, historic and natural landscapes in Scotland ranging from the machairs of the Argyll islands to the cities of Stirling and Dundee and the productive farmlands of Perthshire, Angus and Fife. It also includes three FES Districts (managing the National Forest Estate), almost all of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and is also the southern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.