Welcome to the Scottish Foresty Trust website
Who We Are
The Scottish Forestry Trust is the leading Charitable Trust providing funds for research, education and training in support of UK Forestry.
Established in 1983 by a gifting of share capital, the Trust is a registered charity (Scottish Charity No. SCO08465) and has a remit to provide funds to support forestry research, education and training projects throughout the UK. Since 1983, we have provided nearly £2.1m to fund around 150 projects ranging from supporting post graduate industry applied research, social and environmental forestry, policy formulation and broader public education and awareness.
What We Do
The Scottish Forestry Trust supports forestry in the UK by contributing to the scientific, technical and economic information required to support its development. Projects in all of the sciences, which bear upon forestry, may be supported. Priority is given to proposals that address industry needs and can be related to the growing, harvesting and processing of trees; the social and environmental impacts of woodlands and forest ecosystems and to emerging policy issues that surround forests and woodlands.
We provide financial support for individuals, organisations and research institutions by way of grant funding to assist work which involving education, research or training leading to the development of UK forestry. With assistance from the Forestry Commission, our Bursary Scheme will help to fund post-graduate and masters degrees tackling many of the key issues affecting the future of forestry in this country.
Our Annual Report gives a flavour of the projects and initiatives we support and the latest report can be viewed here.
Help us to do more
The challenges for forests and woodlands are continually changing with the current threats of pests and diseases from Chalara fraxinea and Dothistroma septosporum being just two.
You can read a recent joint article on ash dieback by SFT Trustee, Dr Steve Woodward here.
You can help us to support research to tackle these threats by donating to our funds. For further information on making a donation large or small, please contact the director.
- Biodiversity training for communities 2013-2014
- Can ecological restoration help build sustainable communities? 2013-2016
- How environment and gene flow shape adaptation in Scots pine 2013-2016
- Research for Preparation of Book: 2013-2014
- Advanced Assessment of Minor G.B. Conifer species 2012-2015
- Alternative Silvicultural Systems - study of adoption and development of case-studies 2012-2013
- Improving the production of local origin Aspen in Scotland 2012-2015
- Soil Carbon, Farm Woodlands, and the Woodland Carbon Code 2012-2014
- A palaeoecological investigation of Tilia cordata in Skelghyll and Common Woods Cumbria 2011-2012
- Susceptibility of Scots and Lodgepole pine provenances to Red Band Needle Blight caused by Dothistroma septosporum 2011-2015
- Approaches to the retention of timber potential when restoring or enhancing PAWS sites 2011
- Continuous Cover Forestry at Glentress 2009-2012
- Sitka Spruce Segregation and Cutting 2008-2012
- Testing the Adaptive Significance of Seed Zones in Scots Pine 2007-2010
- Determining the genetic heritability of wood properties of Sitka spruce critical to timber strength 2006-2009
- Adaptation of Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) to Climate Change 2006-2012