New website celebrates 100 years of forestry in Scotland
This year marks 100 years since the passing of the Forestry Act of 1919. The act brought the Forestry Commission into being, and gave it responsibility for woods in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
With only 5% of the UK afforested as the First World War began, the urgent need for timber mobilised a vast new workforce, and gave birth to a whole new era for the forestry industries.
After the war, the organisation turned towards the forests of the four nations and looked to explore their potential as natural resources, beloved leisure destinations, and in more recent years, as a shining example of the benefits of ecology, conservation and biodiversity.
To mark the centenary of the Forestry Act of 1919, we have created a new website exploring the past 100 years of forestry in Scotland. A collaboration with key industry partners and the archival website Forestry Memories, the new site tells the incredible story of Scotland's forests from the landmark passing of the Forestry Act of 1919 to the present day through an interactive photographic timeline.
A century of progress
Trainee foresters learn to use a hypsometer at Faskally Forest School, 1960. Image: Forestry Memories
With archive photos, exclusive interviews and much, much more to share, we hope you’ll join us in commemorating a century of Scottish forestry, and looking forward to the next one hundred years!
You can also explore Forestry England's Forests100 project, celebrating the centenary in England with a range of new resources, plans and activities.
If you're currently employed in the industry, or are a former employer, you can even get in touch with us to contribute photos, memories and more. We're waiting to hear from you!