Commission to spend £300,000 more to address forestry’s gender imbalance

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L-R: Amanda Bryan, Forestry Commissioner; Dr Aileen McLeod, environment minister; Jo O’Hara, head of Forestry Commission Scotland; and Bridget Campbell, director of Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate. Image: FCS

This programme has already trained up 82 women and the extra funding will support another 20 female trainees.

During a visit to the forestry arena at last week’s Royal Highland Show, Scotland’s environment minister Dr Aileen McLeod said: “It is clear that women can and should be participating in this dynamic and growing sector and it’s great to see more women now reaching the top of the profession.

“However, women should be more involved at every level of the sector and the additional £300,000 funding is a welcome boost in encouraging more young women at grass roots level to view forestry as a rewarding career.”

Women are already in leading forestry roles in both Forestry Commission Scotland and at the Scottish Government, Forestry Commission Scotland has pointed out.

23 June 2015, by Gavin McEwan,