The Orkney Woodland Group comprises of representatives from Orkney Islands Council, Scottish Natural Heritage [SNH], Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Forestry Commission Scotland, Orkney Field Club, and the Hoy Trust.
Links to the respective websites can be found in the Related Sites' section of this page.
Orkney Woodland Group’s vision is:
‘To enhance and enrich our environment and heritage by conserving our existing woodlands and extending woodland habitats, creating attractive landscapes for people and wildlife.’
The key objectives of the group are:
The Orkney Woodland Group acted as the steering group for the ‘Orkney Woodland Project’. For almost 15 years the group supported woodland projects which have enabled the planting of new native woodlands; improved management of existing woods; involvement of schools, community groups and the general public in woodland projects; plus environmental awareness raising, interpretation and education. Over this time 228 folk have obtained and taken up grants through the work of the project and, as a result, a total of 127 hectares of new woodland has been created or brought into management. At a very rough estimate, at least 5000 people have been advised by the project, with many planting trees without grants. Recent Woodland Trust funding has also provided suitable trees for numerous school and community projects.
Further information about the work of the Orkney Woodland Project can be found on their pages of the Orkney Communities website - available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is from now on the main port of call for free advice on woodland creation and management, and can be contacted on 01856875302.