Economic Activity

Thriving Woodlands for a Thriving Community

Borders Forest Trust not only plants trees and encourages people to explore and enjoy woodlands, but we are interested in the variety of uses that wood can be put to.

Since 1996 we have been involved with the artisans who produce furniture at local organization – Real Wood Studios.

We recognise the increasing range of economic opportunities arising from native woodland restoration, described in the Forestry Commission strategy for Scotland.  If all native woodlands are unproductive in terms of income and jobs, they will suffer in the public’s perception when seen in competition with other land uses that appear to be contributing more to local economy, climate change and the need to develop renewable energy sources.

Appropriate restoration of native woodlands in the Borders will gradually increase the range of economic opportunities in rural areas and diversify income sources in remote areas through provision of forest goods and services.