New training course in Scotland offers insight into Forest Landscape Design

People involved in woodland management and who are keen to explore the principles of forest landscape design (as outlined in the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) Guidelines ‘Forests and Landscape’) are invited to sign up for a new course, courtesy of Forestry Commission Scotland.

The informal two day, classroom based course is aimed primarily at forest managers and their advisers to help them develop design and presentation skills that will aid the preparation of forest management plans.

It will also be useful for anyone with a more general interest in understanding how forest landscape design can effectively integrate forests into the wide range of Scotland’s landscapes.

Nicholas Shepherd, the Commission’s Landscape & Culture Advisor, who will tutor the course, said: “We’re aiming to help develop an appreciation of what is meant by ‘landscape’ and the basic differences in landscape character. As well as sketching out the established principles that underpin forest landscape design, we’ll also illustrate their application through a mix of presentations and practical design exercises.

“The course is suitable for all levels of ability and it’s meant to be enjoyable – so there will be no formal exams or critiques at the end: the important thing is that people acquire some new awareness and skill and use them when developing a forest design plan.”

Aspects of the course include reading landscape character and appreciating what can make a landscape sensitive to change. Also, how understanding the principles of design and how to apply them in a forest management plan can contribute towards the enhancement of the local landscape. There will also be some practice of basic drawing skills and the opportunity to apply them in new planting and forest restructuring design exercises.

Depending on demand for the courses it is intended to run them at locations throughout Scotland during 2013. There will be a non-refundable registration fee of £40 as a contribution towards setting up the courses.

Course reference materials are free to view and download from the FCS web-site:

If you would like any further information about the course or would like to register your interest in attending one in the future please contact Nicholas Shepherd. at

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