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Trees are at the heart of our communities, steeped in history, spread over iconic countryside and making up the forests that energise our bodies and calm our souls. And their timber is just as important. It’s the table off of which we eat our dinner, the pages of our favourite novel, the roof above our head, or an intricately carved violin.

On these pages, you can learn about the long journey from seedling to timber product.

Scotland's trees and timber

The forest cycle

Discover the lifecycle of a piece of usable timber, from seedling to finished product.


Forestry works and your safety

Find out about what goes on inside a working forest.


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