Throughout Scotland’s history, woodlands and forests have been vitally important to the development and sustenance of settlements, industries and communities.
Over 25,000 archaeological features lie in or around Scotland's woodlands. There is an abundance of colourful, incredible and tragic stories to tell - from as far back as the last ice age right up to the 20th Century.
Many of these stories still have something to say to a modern audience - about how important it is to manage our natural resources sustainably, and the importance of diversification.
Scotland’s Woodlands and the Historic Environment
This document outlines how the forestry sector can tap into this rich cultural heritage and help develop historic sites - including designed landscapes and ancient woodlands.
Archaeological Measured Survey on Scotland's national forest estate
This fully illustrated archaeological booklet presents the results of recent archaeological measured survey work across Scotland’s national forest estate. The publication aims to showcase the range of work that we commission – and to highlight the benefits of such surveys in supporting sustainable conservation management. The sites range from Neolithic stone circles to the coastal defences of WWII - and the surveys include some pioneering developments.
Identifying the Historic Environment in Scotland's Woodlands and Forests
This practice guide aims to help forestry and woodland managers when considering the archaeology and historic environment in their stewardship. It provides an accessible introduction to exploring 'archaeology in the field', illustrating and describing many of the more common archaeological features.
Historic Environment Information & Advice for Forest and Woodland Managers in Scotland
A guide to the resources available to forest and woodland managers relating to the historic environment of Scotland. It has been designed as a routemap to the most pertinent available information and advice.
- Download Historic Environment Information & Advice for Forest and Woodland Managers in Scotland (PDF 470k)
Conserving and managing trees and woodlands in Scotland's designed landscapes
This fully illustrated practice guide provides essential information on the effective stewardship of trees and woodlands in a designed landscape.
Starting with a succinct review of the historic periods of design styles, the guidance section provides practical information on how all the tree elements can be conserved and managed.
The document is available to review and download free below, whilst a paper copy is available for purchase from any FCS office for £5.00.
Cultural heritage information resources
The Cultural Heritage Information Resource gives descriptions of relevant resources (both online and published) in relation to presenting Scotland’s cultural heritage - resources that can help you to begin to find out about the archaeology and background history of your cultural heritage sites.