Co-founder and director of Rural Development Initiatives, Claire Glaister was at Brechin Rotary Club last week to talk about her long involvement in Scottish forestry.
Claire, who lives in Menmuir, is a chartered forester and honours degree forest management graduate, and has worked in both the public and private sectors of the Scottish forest industry for 20 years.
She has specific interest and responsibility for the company’s education and learning activities and said there was a wide range of occupations for youngsters joining the industry’s 40,000 workers.
Claire declared that the image of the forestry worker as the lumberjack portrayed by Monty Python is somewhat wide of the mark!
Claire gave an in depth view of forestry in the past and present with some fascinating pictures of yesteryear right through to today’s high tech computerised equipment in an industry that contributes £1.7 billion to the Scottish economy.
Claire did point out though that, at times, getting the cut timber down from the hills can still involve the good old fashioned use of horses.
Her talk prompted a record number of questions as a forest of hands went up.
Pictured from left are Claire, Brechin Rotary Club president Charlie Allison and Rotarian John Glaister.