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People involved in forest and woodland management are invited to sign up for a course during the autumn of 2014 that explores the principles of forest landscape design as outlined in the UK Forestry Standard Guidelines Forests and Landscape.

The informal two-day, classroom based course illustrates how forest landscape design can contribute towards the effective integration of forests into the wide range of Scotland’s landscapes. It provides an appreciation of what is meant by ‘landscape’ and an understanding of the basic differences in Scotland’s diversity of landscape character.

Depending on demand for the courses it is intended to run them at locations throughout Scotland between September and November 2014. There will be a non-refundable registration fee of £40 as a contribution towards the costs of setting up the courses.

Other aspects of the course include how to read landscape character, the appreciation of what can make a landscape sensitive to change, and understanding and applying the principles of design for the enhancement of the local landscape. 

The course is suitable for all levels of ability and is meant to be enjoyable; there are no formal exams or critiques. The focus of the course is for attendees to work together in small, supportive groups to acquire landscape awareness and practice design skills that will aid their preparation and review of forest management plans.

If you would like to register your interest in attending one of these courses or obtain further information about the course please contact Nicholas Shepherd, FCS Landscape & Culture Advisor by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.