Major expansion of the national forest estate, the need to manage this renewable resource and significant investment in the region's wood processing sector has created demand for suitably qualified people to grow and harvest these trees that the sector needs.
In towns and cities, skilled people are needed to manage trees and woodland in urban areas and on transportation and power corridors. Forests provide an important habitat resource for plants and wildlife and the benefit of forests to health, wellness and recreation is now more widely recognised.
The Barony Campus has excellent facilities and equipment ranging from the Scottish Forest Industry Technology Centre (SFITC) and Forestry Engineering Workshop, access to specialist forestry simulators, forwarders and climbing equipment.
We utilise our own trees and woodland on the 12ha farm estate for practical forestry and estate maintenance training.
These facilities are used to enable a wide range of forestry and arboriculture courses, many of which are run in partnership with organisations such as the UK Forest Products Association, Forestry Commission Scotland and John Deere Forestry.
Good links with European schools and universities
from Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Spain and Germany have also been established, allowing staff and student exchanges and innovative projects in forestry.