Woodland conservation accolade in national awards.

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Forestry Commission Scotland publication, ‘Conserving and Managing Trees in Scotland’s Designed Landscapes’, has been recognized in the prestigious Landscape Institute Awards.

The awards, which celebrate the best and most innovative ideas and designs for improving landscape and the public realm, highly commended the Commission publication, the first comprehensive and detailed published guidance on the stewardship of the trees and woodlands that contribute so much to designed landscapes throughout Scotland.

Already adopted by a range of organizations and actively promoted by Historic Scotland to owners of designed landscapes on their Inventory, the guidance helps with the planning of restoration, replanting and conservation management projects, and

• Aids understanding of what comprises an historic designed landscape
• Outlines the components of designed landscapes, in particular their tree features, their design principles and common management issues.
• Offers a handy one-page guide to SRDP grant support
• Provides background information and links to further sources of information

The judges said:

“It is thoughtfully and sensitively written and addresses important considerations for landscape architecture. The Contextual descriptions and references make it a delightful document that can be extended to urban environments and other regions.”

Nicholas Shepherd, Landscape & Culture Advisor with Forestry Commission Scotland, said:

“This Practice Guide was put together mainly to help land managers and their advisers develop their management plans. It will though also be useful to those who regulate, license and provide grant aid for forest management activities and of interest to all those with a general interest in Scotland’s designed landscapes.

“A lot of hard work went into producing this guidance – especially by its authors, Peter McGowan and Christopher Dingwall – and to know that it is being widely adopted and put to practical use is a great accolade.

“To also have this publication recognized by the Landscape Institute is the icing on the cake and as good a recommendation as anyone could ask for.”

The award was presented by Pamela Warhurst CBE, Chair of the Forestry Commission and an honorary fellow of Landscape Institute.

For more information visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-5xfmdu 

Notes to Editors
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