The Scottish Forest Alliance (SFA) was a unique collaboration between BP, Forest Enterprise Scotland, RSPB Scotland and Woodland Trust Scotland. Between 2000 and 2011, the SFA established more than 10,000 hectares of new native woodland across fourteen sites.
In total the SFA:
- established more than 3.8 million new trees;
- planted 3,000 hectares of new woodland;
- created 60km of new paths;
- hosted nearly 800,000 visits; and
- created 275 full time equivalent jobs.
Sustainable Forestry SCIO was founded by the SFA members to continue the ground breaking research the Alliance initiated. The SFA established methodologies for both biodiversity and carbon impacts of new native woodland and carried out baseline and phase one surveys. Through a Large Grants programme, Sustainable Forestry SCIO will continue to commission on-going research every 10 years, with the next round due in 2025.
A Small Grants programme runs annually to which organisations can apply for funds to assist with their research.
Sustainable Forestry SCIO promotes the research results and findings, in particular the potential to inform the current debate about how to tackle climate change through research.
For more information about the Scottish Forest Alliance