IRS gets almost 1million trees in the ground!

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17 AUGUST 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15610

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Forestry Commission Scotland has planted almost 1million trees over the last financial year – and that’s just in one of its ten forest Districts!

The trees (985,000 of them) have been found homes in 400 hectares of Commission-managed land from Skye to Glenmore and all points North stopping at the Blackisle - a wide geographic spread, covering all aspects of Highland's geology and climate.

District Manager, Graeme Prest, said:

“It’s quite a statistic when you look at it – and it’s one that usually goes unnoticed.

“Most people area aware of the felling work we do because the visual impact of suddenly not having hundreds of trees where they used to stand is quite marked. But it always takes a few years before you register the impact of a few thousand new young trees.

“And it’s not just commercial species either. We’re planting more native woodland - including broadleaved species, pine and Juniper – that is a real benefit to wildlife, tourism, recreation and some small businesses.

“It’s all about sustainable forest management….ensuring that we put back more than we take out so that future generations can continue to enjoy the many benefits of healthy, well managed forests.”

Area Operations Manager, Julian Fryer said:

“What is also pleasing is that most of the pre-planting ground preparation, plus the planting itself, has been delivered by local contractors. We really appreciate that effort they put in because it is a hard job to do – especially the planting. Think of the midges and the rain!

“There is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from seeing the right species of tree being planted in the right piece of ground. That is a legacy worth leaving behind.”

The Forestry Commission was the first state forest service in the world to have all its forests independently certified as sustainably managed (FSC).

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3) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.