Many of the pine and spruce woods you’ll see were planted 70 years ago.
And we’re still working hard today – carrying out thinning, felling and replanting to produce a continuous crop of timber and secure long-term employment in the area. You’ll find newly planted native broad-leaved trees and several strands of semi-natural birch and alder. We’re taking steps to manage, protect and extend areas of birch wood. Grazing pressure is being reduced and natural regeneration encouraged, helping to conserve these attractive woods and the wildlife they support.
We’ve increased native woodland cover over the last decade by 10 per cent. From the 55.6 hectares Altnaglander native woodland to the Defence Wood – marking the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar – and riparian (riverside) woodlands, bringing plenty of biodiversity and water quality benefits.
A strategic Long Term Forest Plan that describes the major forest operations on the estate over a 20 year period was approved by Forestry Commission Scotland in August 2013.
The comprehensive plan describes how the estate aims to deliver long-term benefits through sustainable forest management and details silvicultural prescriptions, along with environmental and landscape factors that were taken into account during its production.
As part of the process, we have worked with our core partners and undertaken extensive community consultation. A copy of the plan is available to view at the Glenlivet Estate Visitor Centre in Tomintoul, and elements of its contents can be made available on request.
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