Since 2014 RTS have been delivering woodland operations for Pitlochry Estate, a diverse estate within a highly appreciated scenic area.
Our initial involvement was the delivery of Spardon Wood, 75 hectares of new native woodland.
Since 2014 we have carried out timber harvesting to provide a continuing timber supply for the estate’s own biomass system and to improve the opportunity for natural regeneration in the sensitive larch forests, for which the upper Tay valley is renowned.
A strategic review of the estate forests identified an area of commercial woodland overlooking the Queen’s View which was inappropriate in the landscape and Forestry Commission consented to replace this at an alternative location. Our landscape assessment identified that a larger woodland fitted and met the client’s requirements, creating a diverse, commercial asset, and a positive revenue.
Given the location and the complexity of the site extensive consultation was required to ensure that permissions were received.
Four ground preparation techniques ensured the trees were provided with the best start and to meet landscaping requirements.
Deer fences were marked to prevent bird strikes. During the setting out process three archaeological sites were located and preserved.
Maintenance activities are ongoing to ensure that the trees establish and the significant potential of the woodland is realised.