The future for wild harvests in Scotland

10th and 11th May 2006

What was the event?

This field trip and seminar aimed to develop an understanding of the wild harvesting of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in Scotland and what can be done to help it develop.

Wild harvests from Scottish woodlands: Social, cultural and economic values of contemporary non-timber forest products (PDF- 498K) report was launched at this event.

It profiled the results of research managed by Dr Suzanne Martin at Forest Research and conducted by Dr Marla Emery from the US Forest Service which explores the collection of non-timber forest products in Scottish woodlands.  The seminar addressed the following questions:

  • As commercial exploitation of NTFPs increases, how can their use be encouraged without having a negative impact on household/small scale users?
  • How can the public good provided by NTFP use be supported?
  • The Land Reform Act has made a significant change to access for commercial harvesting of NTFPs. How can access for commercial harvesting be formalised?
  • How can sustainable use be encouraged – through guidelines, forestry standards etc?
  • How can cultivation improve yields of NTFP species?

Event flyer (PDF-273K)

Further details are also available at

Who was the event suitable for?

The seminar was of interest to land managers, the collectors, buyers and processors of wild products, as well as, researchers, funders and policy makers.

Where did the event take place?

Phipps Hall
Station Road
Scotland IV4 7EH


10th May: site visits to non-timber forest product collecting and processing sites near Inverness.

11th May: presentations and workshop discussions in Phipps Hall, Beauly.


Elizabeth Hughson
Cluster Support Unit
Scottish Forest Industries Cluster
Confederation of Forest Industries Ltd
5 Dublin Street Lane South
Edinburgh EH1 3PX

Tel: 0131 524 8091
Fax: 0131 538 7222