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Managing diffuse pollution

A new video on following good forestry practice to improve water management has been added to the suite of tools on the Forestry & Water Scotland web site.

Good water management helps reduce diffuse pollution risks from forestry operations. This benefits the forest environment and wider landscape, helps compliance with water regulations and the UK Forestry Standard, and plays a key part in managing a forest sustainably.

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Joining existing videos that deal with good water management during cultivation and harvesting operations, the new video - ‘Managing Diffuse Pollution‘ – gives real life examples of how to install sumps, silt traps and log bridges, and provides  guidance on how to remove silt mitigation materials and how to deal with emergencies.


Dr Julia Garritt, Land Use Practice Advisor with Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “These accessible, easy-to-download videos are great for Forest Managers looking to inform their teams about mitigation techniques and how they should be working on site to reduce diffuse pollution.”


The latest film is presented in chapters – e.g. engineering, harvesting and forwarding, haulage etc. – with each of them designed to support training, toolbox talks and site briefings. They can be downloaded onto PCs, laptops and SMART applications for use in the office or outside.

The film has been produced by Forestry Commission Scotland and SEPA, with support and resources from other forestry sector organisations.

Forestry & Water Scotland is an initiative to bring together new and established resources to help forest owners, managers and practitioners follow good forestry practice to improve water management on their sites.

It is supported by various organisations involved in Scotland’s forestry sector and by the Diffuse Pollution Management Advisory Group (DPMAG), a partnership that focuses on protecting and improving Scotland's water environment by reducing rural diffuse pollution.