Supporting Forestry Research, Education and Training throughout the UK.
Supporting Forestry Research, Education and Training throughout the UK.
Supporting Forestry Research, Education and Training throughout the UK.

The Scottish Forestry Trust was established in 1983 by a gift of share capital, and our role is to provide funds by way of grants, to support research, education and training in forestry throughout the UK.  

Since our establishment, we have provided nearly £3.5m to fund nearly 300 projects ranging from supporting post graduate industry applied research, social and environmental forestry, policy formulation and broader public education and awareness. The Trust is a charity registered in Scotland (Scottish Charity Number SCO08465).

Our charity deeds give us the ability to support projects throughout he whole of the UK provided they can demonstrate a direct benefit to improving knowledge and practise in UK forestry and woodland management; the woodland ecosystem and the processes and products derived from UK woodlands.

  • We provide grant support, often in partnership with other organisations,  for individuals, organisations and research institutions offering funding to assist work which supports education, research or training leading to the development of UK forestry

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  • We have a range of schemes to support your research, education and training needs.

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  •  There are lots of ways you can help support us; Become a Friend of SFT, Payroll Giving, Legacy Giving.

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Tuesday, September 14th 2021

SFT Announce Appointment of Four New Trustees

The Scottish Forestry Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Trustees who will take up their posts on 1st January 2022.   Professor David Burslem David is Professor of Forest Ecology and Diversity at the University of Aberdeen, and Keeper of the Cruickshank Botanic ... Full Story...
Monday, September 6th 2021

SFT Announces Award Winners

The Scottish Forestry Trust is delighted to announce that the winner of their Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award for 2021 is Dr Vanessa Burton, a Spatial Scientist with Forest Research who completed her PhD at Edinburgh University. Her thesis on “Visions for woodland expansion in 21st... Full Story...

How we help

We support forestry in the UK by contributing to the scientific, technical and economic information required to support its development. The range of projects we support cover many topics and you can get a flavour of our recent work by following the projects pages.  

We provide grant support, often in partnership with other organisations,  for individuals, organisations and research institutions offering funding to assist work which supports education, research or training leading to the development of UK forestry.  With assistance from the Forestry Commission, Scottish Forestry and Natural Resources Wales, 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.

Support our work

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 former Trustee, Prof Steve Woodward here.

You can help us to support research to tackle these threats by donating to our funds.  

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