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Royal Scottish Forestry Society

RSFS Northern Region Field Trip 26th April 2016.



Morning visit by invitation of Captain Hamish Lochore to Burgie Estate by Forres, site of the Annual International Horse Trials, and  home to the Lahore Family for over 100 years. Strong family links to Tea Planting in Ceylon.


Some 29 people attended, and new members joined.


Burgie Estate comprises in total some 1500 acres, mixed farming, and the main house let for holiday accomodation for up to 35 people.


Set within a policies area of over 60 acres, over the last 8 years, Captain Lochore has progressively cleared significant areas of mixed scrub, and policy woodland, to begin the creation of the Burgie Arboretum with trees, flowers, and shrubs from around the world – invaluable at a time when many native species, Ash, Larch, Scots Pine are potentially under threat from a range of introduced pathogens.


Species of Nothofagus, Cryptomeria, Quercus, Eucalyptus, and a range of both conifers,

and broadleaves demonstrated the potential to replace both decorative, and commercial species that could be at risk.


Member Bryce Reynard gave the vote of thanks to the Estate, to whom Secretary Maurice Rogers also presented two home-grown Finnish Betula.



Afternoon Visit by invitation of Forestry Commission, Huntly to Monaughty Forest, Pluscarden to view commendable mature stands of Scots Pine, European Larch, Douglas Fir, and Thuja.


Chairman NR, Rod Pimm, gave vote of thanks for organising the day to Maurice Rogers, and John Robertson, and on behalf of the Society President and Board, announced the Board's award to Maurice Rogers, and to John Keenleyside each to the post of Honorary Vice Presidency of the Society  for their outstanding contribution to RSFS over many years.


Rod Pimm


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