Young Workers – Strathyre Hostel
Photograph courtesy of William Fleming, Polmont who worked in Strathyre Forest as an apprentice Forest Craftsman and stayed in the Forestry Hostel.
These wooden hostels were used around Scotland’s forests to provide accommodation for additional workers at forests where there was not enough local labour to carry out the forest work. For a weekly rent they had a bed, bed linen that was changed weekly or perhaps longer, fuel for heating and food provided by a resident or often a local cook. At Strathyre, young workers were recruited and trained with the hope the hope that these skilled young workers would then go on and fill the vacancies in forests elsewhere in Scotland.
Here the group of nine young workers are outside the group of buildings used as their accommodation, the attached building immediately behind them being the wood shed where they sawed and chopped the wood for their hut wood stoves. Most names are remembered as follows:
1. Mike Andrews
2. Dave Harrower
3. Titch McLeod
4. Butch Murray
5. M Bell
6. Mike Cairney (Cairnie)
7. Gordon Watson
8. Eric Robertson
9. Kerr Robertson
Any other names and comments as well as stories of hostel life would be very welcome. Please use the comments box below. See large image via the symbol bottom right of picture.
Picture added on 16 September 2018 at 16:54