Annual Meeting 2008


5000 years of integrated land management.

The theme for 2008 was 5000 years of integrated land management, and embraced a wide range of topics.


June 24th to June 26th 2008.


Castle Menzies, Weem, Aberfeldy, Perthshire.

Programme - Papers presented

Tuesday 24 June

  • What underwater archaeology can tell us about land use. (Nick Dixon, Crannog Centre)
  • Scotland's Upland Forests - History lessons for the future. (Mike Smith, Forest Research)
  • Management of grasslands in orchards. (Dallas Seawright, Fife Council)
  • Scottish Rural Development Programme. (Alan Hendry, Scottish Environmental and Rural Services)

Wednesday 25 June

  • Medieval building construction. (Bruce Walker, Dundee University)
  • Ageing timber using dendrochronolgy. (Coralie Mills, AOC Archaeology Group) abstract
  • Veteran Worked Trees as Biocultural Heritage - Upland Woodland Archaeology. (Peter Quelch, Woodland Services)
  • Woodland Grazing as a system. (Lucy Sumsion and Meg Pollock, FWAG and Scottish Agricultural College)

Posters presented

  • Life in AFBI after the National Network Silvopastoral Experiment - Some good news. (Jim McAdam, Allison Nelson, Kate Bell, Heather Knowles, JoAnne McKeown, Colin Jennings, Graham Cherry, Rodrigo Olave and Ian Dodds, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute) poster
  • Glensaugh Agroforestry Demonstration - a Self-Guided Trail. (Alan Sibbald, Macaulay Institute) abstract

Field Visits

Visits to a site at BunRannoch to see ancient worked trees and to a new Woodland Grazing project at Craiganour were made on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo at BunRannoch Photo at Craiganour
1. Veteran worked alder at BunRannoch. 2. Oak seeding at Craiganour woodland grazing project.

Visits to the Fortingall Yew (the oldest living tree in Europe), to The Crannog centre on Loch Tay and to a new silvopastoral plot at Farrochil were made on the Thursday morning.

Photo at Fortingall Photo of Crannog Photo of silvopastoral plot at Farrochil

1. The Fortingall Yew. 2. The reconstructed Crannog on Loch Tay. 3. Silvopastoral plot at Farrochil, Bolfracks.


The July 2008 issue of the Farm Woodland Forum Newsletter contains reports of the papers presented at the Annual Meeting. There are also reports of the field visits, including more photographs.

Organised for the Farm Woodland Forum by

Forestry Commission
Mike Strachan, Forestry Commission, Algo Business Centre, Glenearn Road, Perth, PH2 0NJ
Tel: 01738 442830

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