Local woodland gains award

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Milton of Mathers wood in St Cyrus has been awarded second place in the New Native Woods category of the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, sponsored by Woodland Trust Scotland.

The wood, planted by J.D. Reid & Partners, is an excellent example of small scale semi-natural woodland creation with impressive results within just four years of planting.

Andrew Campbell, senior advice and partnerships manager, Woodland Trust Scotland, said: “Expansion of woodland around the existing den wood, which is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is an important ecological enhancement to the designated site that has boosted local biodiversity and has also created opportunities for roe deer stalking.”

Entries must be one hectare or more and predominantly consist of native tree species. The woodland may have been established by planting or natural regeneration on previously bare land or on land which has previously had tree cover made up of predominantly exotic species such as sitka spruce.

Andrew Campbell added: “This award recognises excellence in native woodland creation. We particularly look for aspects such as innovative approaches to silviculture, engagement with the local community, safeguarding of natural and cultural heritage and increasing biodiversity.”

“Only five per cent of Scotland is native woodland, despite it being one of the best habitats for wildlife. We want to encourage more landowners to create woodland.”