Increasing forest cover in Scotland – an argument for

The debate about the level of forest cover in Scotland continues in last Sunday’s Herald (free registration required to read). It’s an interesting article that lays out an argument for grant-assisted softwood forestry to be incorporated into farming. However, I take issue with this:

the push for ever more broadleaved trees and native scrub, while pleasing to the eye of conservationists, has little or no commercial value: it is softwoods, such as Sitka, that create jobs and income.

This may be the case at present, but one shouldn’t accept the current market conditions without considering any alternative. Reforesting Scotland aims to promote a sustainable forest culture and economy in a well-forested land, and does so by promoting both softwoods and broadleaves.

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