Forest Objectives and Certification

Forest stream

General

  • Work in harmony with the Tiroran/Kilfinichen community, while managing the forest for the benefit of the wider community of South West Mull and Iona.
  • Consult the wider community about priorities and developments in the forest.

Forestry

  • Adopt the best forest management techniques to achieve a financially sustainable woodland.
  • Plan carefully to achieve a sustainable programme of harvesting and re-stocking.
  • Maximise our financial return on the mature timber.
  • Try to minimise the impact of timber transport.
  • Investigate opportunities for new woodland-based businesses; for example, timber processing, forest crofts, holiday accommodation, visitor provision and green burials.
  • Explore opportunities for producing renewable energy for use by woodland-based businesses and the wider community.
  • Maintain sustainable numbers of red deer and other grazing animals, to minimise damage to new planting, to protect existing deciduous trees and to enable natural regeneration of native woodland.

Access, Recreation, Education & Wellbeing

  • Improve access, recreation, education and wellbeing uses of the forest for the local community and visitors, whilst avoiding conflict with forest management and wildlife.
  • Provide additional access routes within the forest and create links to the wider countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
  • Develop interpretation for the wildlife, history and forestry of the site and facilities for visitors to enhance the value of their visit.
  • Provide educational facilities for children (Forest School) and adults.
  • Develop opportunities for art and craft projects.
  • Maintain and enhance the landscape value of the site.

Biodiversity and Water Quality

  • Maintain and enhance the nature conservation value of the forest to sustain a balanced and dynamic ecosystem.
  • Identify significant wildlife species within the forest then monitor populations and manage their habitats.
  • Protect white-tailed eagles and other legally protected wildlife species.
  • Safeguard the quality of water flowing through the site.

Historic Features

  • Endeavour to protect historic features and look into the possibility of carrying out archaeological investigation, restoration and provision of interpretation.
  • Work in partnership with local organisations, such as Pennyghael in the Past, to achieve this.

UK Woodland Assurance Standard

Tiroran Community Forest has been assessed as fulfilling the requirements of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS), as part of the Tilhill Group Scheme.

The UK Woodland Assurance Scheme is an independent certification standard for verifying sustainable woodland management in the United Kingdom. It is consistent with Forestry Commission principles and criteria while reflecting local ecological, social and economic circumstances.
There are eight components of forest management that are assessed:

1. Compliance with the law and conformance with the requirements of the certification standard;
2. Management planning;
3. Woodland design: creation, felling and replanting;
4. Operations;
5. Protection and maintenance;
6. Conservation and enhancement of biodiversity;
7. The community;
8. Forestry workforce.

The UKWAS does not provide a product label or chain of custody certification by itself but has been designed to fit into other labelling systems such as the FSC.

This achievement demonstrates that SWMID is committed to managing Tiroran Community Forest to the highest standards.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact: pyielder@swmid.co.uk