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Tree Health Scotland Bursary Award Scheme

16 April 2015

The Scottish Forestry Trust have today announced the opening of a new Tree Health Scotland Bursary Award scheme.  The full press release can be downloaded here and all the necessary documentation can be found on our website here.

Plant Health Webinar: European forests and the threats they face

22 October 2014

As part of an ongoing work in the ISEFOR and rephrame programme, SFT Trustee Professor Steve Woodward and Professor Hugh Evans are giving a free webinar at 10am on Tuesday, 4th November on the subject of "European forests and the threats they face. If you are interested in participating, please register here.

Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award announced

01 October 2014

The winner of the Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award for 2013/14 is Jo Clark, a former external PhD at Bangor University and Forestry Research Manager at the Earth Trust. Her thesis on the Adaptation of ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) to climate change, was successfully completed during 2013.

You can also read more about this story; download the full press release and read about Jo's project from which you can also download published articles on the research.

SFT Report and Financial Statement

01 October 2014

The Scottish Forestry Trust has made its 2013/14 Report and Financial Statement available online. You can now view and download a copy.

Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award announced

19 April 2013

Greg Searles has been awarded the Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award for 2012-13 for his work on Sitka spruce.  Read more about Greg's project here and download the full press release here.

Application deadline for the next SFT Funding round

16 March 2013

The application date for the next round of both the SFT General Funding Awards and the Bursary Award Scheme will be Friday 31st May 2013. This will also be the scheduled date for the submission of progress reports for currently approved projects if your contract specifies the date.

Please make sure that you use the latest versions of the application forms available from the “making an application” tab.

If you have a project in mind and are not clear about likely eligibility, please do contact the Director at any time using the concept note, so that some early guidance can be given.

Completed applications; progress reports and concept notes should be sent to the Director

Decisions on applications and progress reports will be notified during August 2013.

Change of Chair at The Scottish Forestry Trust

14 December 2012

The Trustees' meeting held on 13th December was the last one for retiring Chairman Robert Scott OBE.  Taking the chair from 2013 is current Deputy Chairman Guy Watt.  Further information can be found here.

Winner of the 2012 Dr Cyril Hart Memorial award is announced

14 December 2012

Hamish Mackintosh, a postgraduate student previously based at the School of GeoSciences (IERM), Edinburgh University, has been awarded the Dr Cyril Hart Memorial Award for 2012 by The Scottish Forestry Trust.  His paper, “Long-Term Survival of Saplings during the Transformation to Continuous Cover” was published in Forests 2012, 3. Further information is available here.

Application deadline for the next SFT funding round

13 December 2012

The application date for the next round of both the SFT General Funding Awards and the Bursary Award Scheme will be Friday 22nd February 2013. This will also be the scheduled date for the submission of progress reports for currently approved projects if your contract specifies the date.


Please make sure that you use the latest versions of the application forms available from the “making an application” tab.


If you have a project in mind and are not clear about likely eligibility, please do contact the Director at any time using the concept note, so that some early guidance can be given.


Completed applications; progress reports and concept notes should be sent to director (at) scottishforestrytrust.org.uk


Decisions on applications and progress reports will be notified during April 2013.

Tree disease outbreak points to the need for more research

15 November 2012

Chalara fraxinea, the fungus which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to ash tree death, is just the latest in an unfortunately growing list of pests and diseases to affect UK trees. Chalara fraxinea is widespread in Europe, from Russia, as far west as northern Spain, and from Italy and northern Turkey in the south, to Sweden, Finland and Norway in the north. One estimate suggests that up to 90% of ash trees are infected in Denmark. With the disease now established in UK woodlands both in the wild and from the use of imported planting stock, the challenge to mitigate against its spread and to find research solutions to the problem is pressing.


Dr. Steve Woodward, a Trustee of The Scottish Forestry Trust and researcher at the University of Aberdeen, specialises in plant diseases, particularly those affecting trees.  He has been at the forefront of research into tree pests and diseases for 30 years and has recently been advising Government on the Chalara outbreak.  Dr. Woodward said: "Ash is a very significant component in our woodlands and hedgerows, and is common in parks and large gardens. Being native to the UK, it provides habitat for numerous other organisms, including fungi, insects, and birds; bats nest in cavities in ash too, so it is very important both ecologically and environmentally.


"It is extremely difficult to stop the disease spreading once it is established. The only glimmer of light on the horizon comes from work in Scandinavia which showed that ash from different provenances included a few genotypes that proved to be resistant, so there is a possibility there will be some trees left in the UK if Chalara spreads widely, but we are talking tiny numbers really”.
" With so many tree diseases on the horizon, we really need to be on the front foot in terms of research and that means finding additional funding if we are going to be able to avoid a significant loss of some of the most iconic tree species in the UK. ''

The Scottish Forestry Trust is the UK’s leading private sector charity supporting research and education in forestry.  Trust Director Bob Stubbs said “The Trust is already actively supporting research on Dothistroma septosporum, a disease affecting Scots pine, but we need to find funds to do more.  Our resources are limited but we would very much welcome donations to help us to fight these threats to the UK’s forests and woodlands”.

Further information on how to help The Scottish Forestry Trust by making a donation can be obtained from Bob Stubbs

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