12 JUNE 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16288
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Forestry Commission Scotland today welcomed Richard Stirling-Aird (FRICS)
as the new Chair of Perth & Argyll Forestry Forum.
The Forum, which advises the Commission on forestry policy and practice in the region, is made up of 12–15 members, who represent the economic, environmental and social forestry interests from Perth & Argyll.
Mr Stirling-Aird said:
“Scotland’s forestry sector is enjoying robust good health and ensuring that this continues well into the future is a key focus for the Forum.
“There are undoubtedly challenges ahead and it is important that in rising to these challenges a range of outside interests have some input into how Forestry Commission Scotland conducts its business in Perth and Argyll.
“I look forward to working with Commission staff to ensure that local businesses, conservation interests and communities can all contribute to the health and vitality of forests in the area.”
With a career in land and property management and agency since 1968 – including 12 years with Drummond Castle and the Buccleuch Estates - Mr Stirling-Aird has extensive experience of forestry matters. A partner and director with Savills for 28 years, he has dealt with wide variety of properties and clients across Britain.
He instigated Savills Forestry Department and is a former panel valuer for FC Scotland. As well as chairing a range of forestry sector committees he is a ‘resident trustee’ of Kippendavie Estate, Dunblane and a trustee of Midlothian’s Arniston Estate.
• Chair, Dunblane Museum Trustees.
• Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society
Notes to Editors
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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. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590