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East Sutherland Woodlands

Highland Birchwoods is working with Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Highland Council, Sutherland Partnership and Sutherland Estates to deliver the East Sutherland Woodlands (ESW) project.

The project will add biodiversity, recreation, economic and tourism value to local woodlands by jointly working with local communities to promote, market and deliver relevant projects and encouraging those who live, work and visit the area to use East Sutherland’s woodlands.

This initiative will work with community groups in East Sutherland to jointly deliver a community-led woodland work programme to:

  • provide enhanced tourism facilities and improved marketing
  • increase the use of woodlands to improve health and for recreation
  • improve the wildlife and nature value of woodlands
  • support and provide training, learning and networking opportunities for community groups and woodland managers
  • foster a collaborative approach to the management and promotion of local woodlands and the goods and services they support
  • promote the heritage value of woodlands

Recent Project News

May 2010 : East Sutherland's Top 10 Woodland Walks Leaflet Out Now!

Get out and explore the fascinating woodland history of East  Sutherland    with the new East Sutherland Woodland's walks leaflet. Bringing together details on public, private and community-managed woodland trails, this free leaflet will be distributed to local tourist attractions and information points to raise awareness of the fascinating history of local woods and encourage people to enjoy them.

The leaflet is also available here as a PDF, best viewed on-screen


June 2010 : Go & See Fund Deadline Extended

Community groups with an interest in woodland-related projects within the East Sutherland Woodlands area now have until 30th September 2010 to apply to the ESW 'Go & See' Fund, a dedicated travel fund .

If you or your group would like to meet with a woodland project elsewhere in Scotland to share ideas and experiences, this fund is available now. Throughout the summer, woodland groups will be running events across the country so why not go and see how other folk are using their woodland resource. The fund can also be used in reverse and cover the costs of hosting a visit to your group by a representative from a project elsewhere in Scotland.

For more information, have a look at the Notes to Applicants and the Application Form or contact Julie Paton (e: julie.paton@highlandbirchwoods.co.uk or t: 01463 811653) to discuss your proposed trip



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Highland Birchwoods is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (no. 142892).

Highland Birchwoods, Littleburn, Munlochy, Ross-Shire Scotland IV8 8NN

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