New Forestry Demands Trigger Growth For CKD Galbraith
CKD Galbraith have expanded their forestry department in Inverness and Perth to reflect a growing demand for specialist forestry services,
The firm is now handling more than £10million of grant applications, over the next 12 months, under the Scottish Rural Development Programme grant scheme.
Substantial grants have been secured for clients for ‘innovative and previously unachievable projects’ says John MacKay, head of forestry for CKD Galbraith.
Projects being undertaken by the firm include:-
Securing major funding for the creation of a network of mountain bike trails and the clearance of rhododendron in The Stornoway Castle Grounds, in the Outer Hebrides
The restoration of large native woodland at the Inverpolly Nature Reserve near Ullapool.
CKD Galbraith has strengthened its forestry team and now has four foresters in Inverness and two in Perth. Scott Grant will join the Inverness team in October, this following the recruitment of Steven Liddle. Neil Crookston will take up his post in Perth shortly with a view to maintaining the momentum the department has now built-up in Perthshire as well as assisting with forestry expansion in the Borders following the firm’s purchase of Buccleuch John Sale
John MacKay said: “During the time when forestry was in the doldrums we were very proactive in identifying projects, such as woodland restructuring schemes that would deliver tangible benefit our clients.
Now we have moved into another phase where there is a growing demand for our forestry services brought about by the governments agenda on climate change.
While the SRDP scheme is surprisingly complex, we do believe that government is trying to iron out the problems and it is yielding real opportunities for landowners and private investors seeking to embark on major forestry proposals.
The addition of Steve Liddle to our staff has significantly enhanced our services in this field of work and he has been actively involved in the Stornoway, Islay and Ullapool projects.”
Steve Liddle said: “There is no doubt the SRDP scheme has transformed the situation for many people with forestry and land management interests.
Funding now has a far wider remit, allowing greater integration of projects such as recreation and landscape enhancement, resulting in projects like The Stornoway Castle Grounds cycle trails and garden restoration. Previously it would have been much harder to blend the two elements and access the funding required.”
Among other projects The CKD Forestry team is involved in are:-
The marketing of nine Forestry Commission Woodland sites, valued at approximately £7 million.
The production of an Environmental Statement to support a 700ha woodland creation application.
Urban Forestry and landscaping, trees in and around developments through the new British Standard 5837.