Oct 05 2021

A New Director for Scotland and other Scotland news

Hello Scotland Volunteers!


I hope you’re all having a wonderful autumn and are able to be out and about in your volunteering roles with us now that Covid rules are easing.  Of course some of you have desk based roles so have been busy continuing throughout the pandemic.


A billion thanks for all that you do for us…whether you are a warden in our woods keeping up with looking after our extra busy sites with all the extra litter that staycations have brought, or if you are monitoring wildlife, plants, tree diseases or other aspects of our woods and trees across Scotland – thank you!


Thanks also for your patience to those of you whose roles have been particularly compromised during the pandemic…the guided walk leaders, speakers and woodland working group members who weren’t able to operate for much longer under Covid rules.


There are a few items of news for you, so across the UK we are gathering them together so that you can connect to all of them easily by clicking on links in this article.


Welcome to all our new volunteers – we have over 150 new tree seed collection volunteers in Scotland – welcome to the team!



Hello from our new Scotland Director – Alastair Seaman


Our new Director has been in post for a few weeks now and he was keen to say hello to you all.  Here are some words from him:


I first encountered the Woodland Trust 25 years ago when, as a young forester, I was involved in surveying, management planning and practical work in many of its woods.  I was impressed then by the vision and the passion of the Trust’s supporters, members and volunteers. A quarter of a century later I’m thrilled to be joining the team at such an exciting time.


The opportunities for large scale restoration and creation of native woodland ecosystems in Scotland have never been greater as society wakes up to the reality of the nature and climate crises and as the Scottish Government begins a new chapter with a formal role for the Green Party. A key part of my role is to make sure that we are able to exploit these opportunities to the full for the benefit of Scotland’s nature and people.


People need nature. But Scotland’s nature also needs people – particularly people like you who give of your time and skills to support our work. So thank you for your all that you do. I’m looking forward to visiting our woods, meeting our volunteers and working together with you for Scotland’s native woods and trees.


Alastair on a recent visit to Loch Arkaig to meet and get to know staff.



October 24th 2021 – Join us at Glamis Castle – our first face to face Scotland Volunteer Gathering since 2019!


Join us for a day of recording ancient trees on Sunday October 24th at Glamis Castle in Angus – all Scotland volunteers are welcome!

You’ll meet staff and volunteers working on the Ancient Tree Inventory, and the Glamis head forester will share his knowledge and stories with you.  Here’s the link to more details about the event here on Whittle: https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events/scotland-volunteer-gathering-glamis-castle-sunday-24th-october/


To book your place please email kirstyduncan@woodlandtrust.org.uk



Tree Seed Collection Project Growing Momentum





Our seed collection pilot project is well underway, as we romp through the 2021 collection season.
The new team of 100 plus volunteers have been busy collecting oak, hazel and many other species.

Read more about it here: https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/2021/09/17/more-than-200-volunteers-collecting-tree-seed-in-scotland/





Spotlight on a new volunteer – Olivia Bere MacVarish is a massive help for us already at Abriachan Wood



Olivia Bere-McVarish has joined us with a bundle of enthusiasm, signing up as a tree seed collection volunteer as well as a warden at our stunning Abriachan Wood.  Read more from Olivia here:  https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/2021/09/17/spotlight-on-an-enthusiastic-new-scotland-volunteer/


Many thanks for reading and I hope to see lots of you at Glamis or in another woodland somewhere in Scotland soon.

Best wishes,


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