We are an experienced forester and ecologist with a long-standing passion for woodlands.
During our professional careers, we have worked on over 50 woodland creation schemes across Scotland ranging from 6 ha to over 1000 ha.
John has over 20 years of forest management experience gained with Forest Enterprise (Forestry Commission Scotland) in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. His life-long passion is native woodlands, preferring to spend spare time and holidays in the woodlands of Glen Affric or Rannoch, further afield in Scandinavian pine and spruce forests, or north American redwoods.
Having managed planting in excess of 15 million trees throughout his career, John managed planting of ‘The Great Trossachs Forest’ on behalf of FCS, establishing over 900 hectares of native woodland (2.5 million trees) on remote hill ground previously grazed by sheep. The successful establishment of this woodland earned a ‘Scotland’s Finest Woodlands’ award in 2014, and it now forms part of Scotland’s newest National Nature Reserve (NNR).
John is the main point of contact with our clients. He conducts site surveys, designs our woodland design and controls operational delivery, contractor management and health and safety on site.
Dr Jenny Mulgrew
Jenny is an ecologist with over 15 years of experience, mostly gained in commercial forestry, ecological research and working for NGOs. Her passion for woodlands really took off after working as an ecologist in the native Caledonian pinewoods at Mar Lodge Estate in The Cairngorms, which led to a PhD on black grouse in relation to the management of commercial forests.
Jenny worked as Regional Ecologist to Tilhill Forestry for 7 years, working on over 30 applications for large commercial woodland creation schemes (100 ha to over 1500 ha), training staff on environmental protection, writing EIAs and environmental guidance, and was an internal UK Woodland Assurance Scheme (UKWAS) auditor. She is a Member of CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management) and Secretary of the Central Scotland Black Grouse Group.
Jenny conducts ecological surveys and looks for ways to maximise benefits to biodiversity within each scheme. She leads on due diligence checks and writes grant funding applications. She also manages quality control, checking sites are planted and maintained as required.
Some Of Our Work
We design and deliver high-quality, ecologically diverse woodlands to suit your requirements.
Our woodland creation projects range from productive mixed woodlands for hill farmers, to ‘legacy’ native woodlands planted in remote highland glens.