Teamwork tackles invasive trees in Oakwood

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The team tackling the invasives were: Gareth Mason (FES) and Mike Wolfe, Calum Kennedy, Calum Oliver, Matt Ogston, Iain Dougan, Neil McAdam, Karine Gourlay, Gavin Mason, Andrew Sim and Ewan Currie


Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Tay team removed some invasive tree species from Laggan Oakwood (Comrie) earlier this month (Friday 4 November) – with help from some local volunteers.

The ten volunteers - all SSE employees taking part in the company’s ‘Be The Difference’ initiative - worked with Beat Forester, Robin Lofthouse, and Environment Ranger, Gareth Mason, to remove Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Beech from the ancient oak woodland – a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

In all, the enthusiastic and energetic team managed to hand-pull or cut down unwanted saplings from almost half of the 15ha site!

Beat Forester Robin Lofthouse said:

“This rare woodland habitat on the banks of the River Lednock is a fantastic environmental and recreational resource but it has been suffering from an influx of unwanted tree regeneration from neighbouring plantations.

“If we want to retain the integrity of magnificent oak woods like this, we have to manage the woodland and that includes getting rid of invasive trees before the get to be too big and unwieldy.

“The volunteers were amazing – very enthusiastic and keen to get on and we hope they’ll come back and join us next year to clear the rest of the site!”

In addition to removing invasive species from the woodland, the FES team has felled the mature conifer plantations adjacent to the Oak woodlands. This will help to limit the amount of unwanted seed that blows in and carpets the forest floor with undesirable tree species.

Ewan Currie, who led the volunteers, said;  

“Our ‘Be The Difference’ days are a great way for SSE to give back to the community. We had a great day with Robin and Gareth and learned a lot about Laggan Oakwood and the work that Forest Enterprise Scotland does.

“We really enjoyed the experience and we hope to return and help out again.”

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.
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