Forest Heritage ScotlandPosted: 2009-06-25
Forestry Commission Scotland has an interesting new initiative called Forest Heritage Scotland. As soon as I saw the 'heritage' bit I knew it was something I had to look into!
Forest Heritage Scotland is basically a way to connect people to their roots (sorry, the FHS website is heavily into tree symbolism and forest metaphors) through a series of community archaeology activities, storytelling events, and guided walks. Fifty historic forest areas throughout Scotland have been designated as part of the project. In addition, a special 'Ancestral Leaves' initiative encourages anyone with links to Scotland to share their story through words and photos.
The Forest Heritage idea is a joint project from the Forestry Commission Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. If that seems odd, pause for a moment and think - what is more historic than Scotland's ancient forests? People whose families used to live and work in these ancient forests are being encouraged to share their stories through pictures and written remembrances. Some of these stories are being showcased on the Forest Heritage website, and others at the David Marshall Lodge, just outside Aberfoyle.
Events run throughout the year, and have various themes, such as deserted villages, settlements in Scotland's national forests, early industry, townships, woodland use, and World War II.
Its an interesting idea, to encourage people's awareness of, and involvement in, the wonderful heritage of Scotland through its forests. If you have a connection to any of Scotland's forest areas you might like to submit your own memories and photographs, or if you just want to get out in wonderful natural surroundings, it might be worthwhile checking out the forest events calendar or subscribing to the FHS newsletter to keep abreast of upcoming events.