ForestHarvest: non-timber forest products in Scotland
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Gathering non-timber forest products
Gathering non-timber forest products can be an enjoyable pastime, as well as providing a convenient and free source of organic foods, herbal remedies, craft materials etc. See the products directory for more information.
A growing number of people in rural areas are collecting NTFPs such as mushrooms, foliage and native tree seeds as a means of supplementing their incomes. Contact details of some buyers are provided in the business directory.
See also the "Offers & requests" section of the news page to find what companies are asking for just now.
Whether you are gathering NTFPs for your own consumption or for sale, it is important to do so sustainably. Find out more about sustainable harvesting.
Access to the Scottish woods, and your rights to gather and hunt wild resources, are governed by law. Click here to find out more.
Gathering with permission
In addition to legal considerations, it is a matter of courtesy to request permission from the landowner before collecting NTFPs from their woods. If you aim to collect significant quantities for commercial purposes, this is essential. Maintenance of a good working relationship between collectors and landowners is vital for the long-term future of NTFP gathering.
Make sure that you are properly prepared for the outdoors, and that you really know what you are looking for. Some fungi and plants are highly toxic. If you are hunting, follow the Code of Good Shooting Practice.
Who's picking what?
See the results of a 2003 survey of plant-based non-timber forest product use in Scotland.