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Celebration of 100,000 acres in Argyll
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No: 4233   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1961
Celebration of 100,000 acres in Argyll

The document is courtesy of Glenbranter Forest office staff with particular thanks to Ian Adams who has stored these old files for many years.

This small professionally produced little pamphlet describes some of the milestones and achievements of the Forestry Commission in the County of Argyll up until 1961 when 100,000 acres of new planting was achieved.

There are details of worker numbers, annual wage bill, new roads constructed, number of forestry houses, timber production, education and community participation. The final chapter quoted below has a very appropriate reminder of the front line staff who actually did the work:

β€˜In marking this occasion, it is not only the achievement of the Forestry Commission that is being commemorated. It is the work done, year by year, by the foresters and the men (and women) who have worked, and are still working, in the ever-growing forests of Argyll. Forests are not made by blueprint, but by skilled, patient and devoted work of the men (and women) who spend their lives there. It is this work, the work of the pioneers and of all who have helped restore the woodland area of Argyll, that we are commemorating today.’

A very fitting comment that could be applied to the last hundred years of forestry in Scotland!!

Please see the attached PDF for the complete pamphlet.

Any comments and stories from the area very welcome.
Picture added on 14 September 2018 at 10:30
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