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.

Explore our pages on the different species of tree found in Scotland and their uses, or learn about their journey from seedling to timber product.

Scotland's trees and timber


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Tree species

Get to know the trees that populate Scotland's forests and learn how to identify them.

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The forest cycle

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

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Tree resources

Read folklore tales from the forest and discover how trees can help you learn Gaelic.

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Forestry works and your safety

Find out about what goes on inside a working forest.

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