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Strathtyrum & Fossoway Farms

Woodland Manager

Strathtyrum & Fossoway Farms has a modest and under-managed forestry resource. Recent plantings have been designed to enhance biodiversity. Two more similar significant schemes are in the early plenary stages. Hedges on every field boundary are a generational objective.

Some clear-fell of spruce is required. Hardwoods need managed. Parkland style specimens should be planted across all 4 farms.

Onsite demand is for 250-300 tonnes logs per year: heating, Steak Barn, Pizza Box.

Firewood sales through Balgove Larder are 100 – 150 tonnes per year.

There is a small Woodmizer for processing our own timber.

We have a role for a multi-talented individual who is prepared to:

  • Plan and execute planting projects based on a 10+ year plan.
  • Secure grant funding for forestry and hedging schemes.
  • Be aware of Carbon measurement indices and ensure successful registration.
  • Develop our firewood system to sustainably fulfil demand.
  • Redesign our micro-scale milling system to be able to reliably accept and fulfil orders for our own projects.
  • Manage P&L at an enterprise level.
  • Develop a system for an internal scale nursery.

The successful applicant will be equally happy whether working on grant schemes, planting trees, cutting firewood, thinning / pruning, developing systems or sharpening a chainsaw. Basic carpentry skills, for example building a rustic pole barn, would be an advantage.

We do not seek to exploit our resource for continual export off farm: our wider objectives focus on local (or natural) procurement with producing high quality produce – and not simply seeking volume at any cost.

Please apply with a covering letter and CV to

Closing Date: 30/09/2022  Location: St Andrews, Fife

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