A group of children from Shetland, famous for its lack of trees, came to the Brahan Estate near Dingwall to learn more about rural skills and woodlands.
Brahan Estate’s owner Alex Matheson welcomed five Shetland schoolchildren and their teachers to his estate last Friday (9 March). The children, all aged between 14 and 16, are taking a rural skills course which requires them to have some practical knowledge of the forestry sector. The Shetland islands have only seven hectares of woodland throughout the entire archipelago and the teachers found it easier to arrange the 500 mile round trip visit to Brahan Estates’ extensive forests than get the experience they need at home.
Drew McFarlane Slack of Scottish Land & Estates said:
“I was pleased to be able to respond to a request from Whalsay secondary school for a morning session with Brahan’s senior forester. The young people really appreciated having a highly skilled practitioner to explain aspects of commercial forest operations in an interesting and entertaining manner. As a fitting end to the visit, the children made their way to the red kite feeding station and were able to watch these magnificent birds in action”.
The trip was organised as joint venture between Scottish Land & Estates, the Brahan Estate, Crofting Connections and the Soil Association.