Heritage secrets of Scotland's forests go online

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Anyone interested in finding out about some of Scotland’s hidden cultural heritage can now take advantage of a new online resource from Forestry Commission Scotland.

Managing Scotland’s 660,000ha (around 660 km2) of forest and woodland is not just about the trees. There are also many interesting archaeological and historical sites that can provide visitors with a glimpse of Scotland’s distant – and more recent – past.

The new Cultural Heritage Information Resource has begun to list websites, books and library resources that can offer history, heritage and archaeology buffs a starting point for gathering ideas for places to visit and things to see and do.

Matt Ritchie, the Commission’s archaeologist, said:

“Building on the success of the Forest Heritage Scotland project (www.forestheritagescotland.com), we have created a guide for anyone involved in Ranger Services, providing them with ideas on how to develop or run activities and visits that will help people of all ages to engage with and think about their cultural heritage.

“Although it’s mainly there to help Rangers, it contains a huge list of published and online resources that will be really useful for anyone who wants to pursue their own projects and interest in exploring Scotland’s heritage.”

The new web pages also list 36 of Scotland’s heritage trees, giving information about each of the specimen species, the individual tree’s history and where to find them.

Matt added:

“This is a great opportunity for people to find out much more about what there is to see and experience in Scotland’s forests.”

For more information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/culturalheritageresources

1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and works to protect, manage and expand the forests and woodlands of Scotland’s 660,000 hectare national forest estate. The Commission’s woodlands make a positive contribution to the well-being of Scotland’s people and their communities. Local woodlands act as a catalyst for communities to meet up, get involved with projects and pursue interests, or simply enjoy the many walking trails, bike rides and peace and quiet that forests and woodlands can offer. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk