The Woodland Group brings together members with an interest in forestry and woodland to discuss issues such as tree health; forestry policy; tree protection; woodland creation funding and targeting.

The Woodlands Group has a number of active members, a full list is shown below.



Alan McDonnell


Arina Russell

Staff liaison

Deborah Long

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Invasive Non-Native Species: Should all Nature be Championed?

18 May 2022

Invasive Species Week  The international community is facing twin emergencies: climate change and biodiversity loss. These entangled crises demand swift action from policymakers and Nicola Sturgeon’s recent commitment to showing leadership on both crises is very welcomed. Tackling the nature crisis can feel even more complex than the climate crisis and yet it is paramount […]

Scotland’s Rainforest and the People It Supports

03 Mar 2021

Today is United Nations World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.” In recent years forests have attracted attention for their role in capturing carbon in the fight against climate change. They have sustained the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally for much longer than that. […]

Tackling climate change with the right trees in the right place

27 Aug 2020

A recent article in the Scottish press implied that planting trees may not tackle climate change. But the research paper on which the article is based is clear: the issue isn’t with tree planting overall, but with planting on carbon-rich soil. The press article failed to highlight that if the right trees are planted in the right place, they are effective against climate change.

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