Businesses invited to explore peatland restoration work
Prospective contractors that might be interested in providing Specialist Peatland Restoration Services to Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) are being inviting to register for a webinar next week (Wed 19 April, 2.00 to 4.00).
Organised by the Supplier Development Programme team, the event aims to inform and support suppliers that are interested in bidding for elements of the £66million contract.
The contract term is from three to five years (maximum) and is divided into 14 lots across the whole of Scotland and the two main areas of work will involve site rewetting and specialist peatland harvesting, although the area, complexity, treatment requirement will vary from site to site.
Bids will only be accepted from those who have taken part in the webinar, which will allow bidders to familiarise themselves with the tendering process and specific requirements.
Jenny Gilbertson, for Forestry and Land Scotland’s Peatland Team, said;
“We look after Scotland’s forests and land for the benefit of all and peatland restoration is a key feature of our work.
“There are extensive areas of deep peat on Scotland’s national forests and land, including many which are afforested, and we aim to restore 3,000 hectares of degraded peatland a year by 2027 onwards
“Our restoration of peatlands will make a significant contribution towards the Scottish Government’s wider Peatland Action delivery programme, which is an integral part of Scotland’s response to the Climate Emergency.
“Extending and increasing the contractor base is crucial to helping us achieving our targets. This is a good opportunity for businesses across the country to explore this potential area of work and, by engaging with SDP, to open up new possibilities for securing work.”
Of particular interest to SMEs that might have limited or no experience of peatland restoration, the webinar is geared to help those with limited experience or who are new to PCS and will advise on the procurement process – from registering on PCS-Tender to finding and accessing the documents and preparing a bid.
Anyone interested in taking part in the webinar can register online.
Notes to editors
Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) manages forests and land owned by Scottish Ministers in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature; and supports Scottish Ministers in their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.