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ForestHarvest :   non-timber forest products in Scotland


The ForestHarvest website is dedicated to Scotland's wild and woodland products, providing a starting point to discover useful species and the products made from them; the businesses which make use of Scotland's wild resources; and the projects which are developing and protecting the potential of wild harvests in Scotland. There is also information on the types of woodland you will find in Scotland, on legal and sustainability issues, and much more.

Gathering blaeberries with a scoop. Click on image for more info. (Photo by Steve Robertson.)

Key resources on this site:

News page
Projects page
Business directory
Species directory
Literature database

What is a "non-timber forest product"?

"Non-timber forest products" (NTFPs) is one term used to describe the goods you'll read about in this website; it includes all materials supplied by woodlands - except the conventional harvest of timber. Scottish woodlands provide wild and managed game; edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms; foliage, seeds, bark, resins, dyes, craft materials and more.

Wild harvests: If left to nature, much of Scotland would be covered by forest, a diverse matrix of more-or-less tree-covered habitats. Open glades and closed canopy are all part of the mix. For this reason, you may find species and products on this website which you would not associate with dense, mature woodland.

Click here to see the definition used in the 2006 Wild Harvests report.

Mixed beech and oak woodland. Click on image for more on lowland broadleaved woodlands.
Past, present, future

People have used non-timber forest products since the first Stone Age settlers arrived in Scotland. Read about how they were used.

Getting the most out of Scottish NTFPs means developing sustainable harvesting techniques, land access arrangements, management strategies and marketing. Explore the site to discover more.


Forest mosses. Click on image to learn about the new Scottish Moss Collection Code.Woodland carpeted with bluebells. Click on image to learn more about the new Scottish Bulb Collection Code. (Photo copyright Scottish Natural Heritage.)

Latest news:

TheScottish Wild Harvests Association was launched in July 2009 - new members welcome!

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