Management and utilisation of Scots pine in the northern periphery

24 and 25 August 2010

What was the event?

This 2-day conference was part of “Developing the Scots Pine Resource”, a transnational project funded through the EU Northern Periphery Programme with the aim of encouraging greater use of Scots pine timber in higher value markets as a basis for supporting small scale forestry related businesses.

Forest Research is a partner in this project which is co-ordinated by Highland Birchwoods and included partners in Finland, Norway and Sweden. For further information see

The key project objectives are to:

  • Improve people’s knowledge about the properties of Scots pine and its suitability to different uses.
  • Encourage innovation and promote greater use of Scots pine timber in building.
  • Develop new tools for forecasting forest production (in terms of timber volume and quality) and pricing mechanisms that better reflect variations in timber quality.
  • Publish forest management guidance on growing high quality Scots pine.

Conference flier including detailed programme (PDF-535K)


The first day of the conference was focused on the management of Scots pine forests. In the morning there were a series of presentations relating to Scots pine management in Northern Periphery countries, including the impacts of silviculture, results of a survey of Scots pine quality in Scotland and methods for assessing and forecasting quality. In the afternoon there were field visits to Cawdor Estate to view examples of Scots pine management for the production of quality timber.

On the second day the emphasis was on processing, marketing and utilisation of Scots pine timber. The morning session included presentations relating to the end-use properties of Scots pine timber, marketing initiatives in Finland, preservative treatment of Scots pine, trials of Scots pine timber cladding and construction of a bird hide showcasing the use of Scots pine timber in construction. The afternoon included visits to the bird hide constructed as part of the project and other buildings demonstrating the potential for using Scots pine in construction.

See the conference flier above for the detailed programme.

Who was the event suitable for?

Anyone with an interest in the management of Scots pine forests and the processing and utilisation of Scots pine timber

Where did the event take place?

Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion
The Square
Ross & Cromarty
IV14 9DL


Any enquiries should be addressed to Stewart Meikle at