300,000 TREES - we've been doing some sums and worked out that since 1999 KFT has planted over 300,000 trees. This goes a long way in helping achieve the shared vision of linking up the woodland habitat on the peninsula from Loch Nevis to Loch Hourn. And we will be planting more next Spring in a new woodland at The White Gate (above Sawmill Wood).
WOODFUEL - the woodfuel shed is well and truly up and running - 2015/16 has been a record firewood sales year with 170m3 sold to customers in Knoydart and Mallaig. We converted our firewood processor to run on electricity from our community hydro electric supply making our firewood even more carbon friendly!
PHASE 2 FELLING - as part of the restructuring of Inverie Woods the second harvesting operation took place in 2015. This work is essential to remove unstable blocks of conifer monoculture and to clear significant windblow and in this instance to protect our community electricity powerline.. 3,500 tons of timber was exported by boat and we kept 1,000 tons to meet local woodfuel and timber needs.. The area will be replanted in 2016/17 with a mix of tree species.
SCOTLANDS FINEST WOODS AWARD WINNER 2015 - we were very proud to win the promoting local livelihoods & overall community woodland award in June 2015.
Grant & Lorna headed off to the Royal Highland Show for the awards ceremony....here they are with Aileen Macleod MSP receiving the awards including the spectacular Tim Stead Trophy.