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Huntly Reminiscence Day in P&J
04 June 2010

From P&J, 4th June

FORMER north-east forestry workers are being urged to share their memories for a project cataloguing the history of the industry in Scotland.

Retired local forester Norman Davidson is hosting an event at Huntly on Friday to gather information for the University of Highlands and Islands Centre for History.

Mr Davidson, 66, of Settrington Street, Huntly, said he wants as many forestry-connected people as possible to come along to the event, which will gather information for an archive covering the last 100 years.

“We want to capture and record first-hand stories of what it was like to be involved in our forestry industry – when millions of trees were planted by hand, and big squads of men and women were involved in planting, draining and clearing the land, fencing forests, building roads, and bringing into existence the forested and wooded landscapes we see all around us today.

“We are particularly keen to collect photographs of people working in forestry and machines in use, helping to bring the past alive,” added Mr Davidson, who worked as the Forestry Commission Scotland’s district manager for Aberdeenshire for 16 years.

A UHI Centre for History team will be on hand to record people’s experiences and make copies of photos at the event, which will be held at Dean’s of Huntly cafe and bistro from 10am-5pm.

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