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Managing woodland access and forest operations in Scotland (Forestry Commission Scotland Practice Note)

The Forestry Commission Scotland has recently published a Practice Note providing guidance to help landowners, forest managers, forestry practitioners and operators, access authorities, and recreation organisations, to manage public access during forest operations in Scotland.

Summary from the practice note:

‘Forests and woodlands bring wide-ranging and diverse benefits to people in Scotland. They are ideal places for people of all ages to participate in leisure, recreation and sports. However, forests are also workplaces. Forestry is an important part of the rural economy, and the production of timber provides revenue for landowners and jobs for the forestry sector and related businesses. Harvesting and haulage operations have been expanding over the past few years, as the forests that were established last century reach maturity, and so the need to balance woodland access with the need for safety during forest operations has never been more important. This is to both comply with health and safety legislation and fulfil land access obligations. Managing woodland access and forest operations is a pragmatic and practical process, involving land managers and access authorities, so that forest operations can take place safely, with minimal disruption to public access and recreational users. This Practice Note sets out clear steps to achieve this aim, including advice on early engagement with stakeholders and careful planning of operations’.


Management for People – Monitoring (Scottish Natural Heritage)
The Management for People system and toolkit is for anyone responsible for looking after a countryside or heritage site.

Managing public safety on harvesting sites (Forestry Commission Practice Note)

The Forestry Commission has published a renewed Practice Note providing guidance to help landowners, forest managers and forestry practitioners to manage public safety on harvesting sites.

Everyone involved in forestry work has health and safety duties and responsibilities. Forest operations are high-risk activities, and the management issues involved in harvesting and hauling timber while maintaining public access to forests and woodlands can be complex. There are number of tasks that have to be undertaken – both during planning and while carrying out operations – to ensure that people’s health and safety are not put at risk.

The Practice Note sets out the different roles and responsibilities for managing public safety to ensure that activities on and around harvesting worksites are co-ordinated and the right tasks are carried out by the right people. The Practice Note provides information and advice on suitable control measures and illustrates good practice through use of case study examples.

For free hard copy, order from Forestry Commission Publications, PO Box 785, Stockport, SK3 3AT; Tel: 0161 495 4845; Email: ; Quote stock code FCPN019.

Managing Visitor Safety in the Countryside – Principles and Practice (Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group)
Comprehensive guidance providing best practice, guiding principles and information on managing visitor safety in the countryside. The guide covers identifying risks, planning and managing for risk, accident reporting and investigating, and the law and visitor safety, and emergency response and information, education and interpretation.

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