Booklet recounts Whitelee’s history

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11 JULY 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14771

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A new booklet telling the story of Whitelee Forest, from its roots in farming to becoming Europe’s largest windfarm, has been published today.

The forgotten forest recounts stories surrounding the forest through the memories of the many men and women who worked the land over the years.

Formerly farming land, Whitelee was transformed by the Forestry Commission in the 1960s when millions of conifer trees were planted on the vast landscape.

Today, Whitelee is a thriving forest producing huge amounts of timber and renewable energy, but it is also an important place for local communities to use for recreation. 

Rena Tarwinska, Environment & Heritage Manager for Forestry Commission Scotland in the Lowlands said:

“Whitelee Forest has recently undergone a transformation to become a significant contributor to Scotland's wind energy. But it is important to remember the hard work and dedication of those early foresters who created and tended the forest all those years ago.

“I’m really pleased that the history of Whitelee has been captured in print for so many people to enjoy. There’s been a great many interesting characters, many from the local community, who have been involved in pulling this booklet together…….it has captured their spirit and the place well.”

The forgotten forest booklet costs £5 and can be ordered from: Forestry Commission publications, PO Box 501, Leicester LE94 0AA
Telephone: 0844 991 6500 or email

Please quote stock code FCMS118. Cheques should be made payable to Forestry Commission.

The book can also be downloaded from
Notes to news editors

1. Forestry Commission Scotland works as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate

2.  Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.