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Forestry Commission HQ Outstation Staff 1969
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No: 4353   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1969
Forestry Commission HQ Outstation Staff 1969

The image is courtesy of Dave Stewart, Dufftown, from a collection of papers belonging to his father George Stewart.

This image was taken from the final Journal of the Forestry Commission published in 1969 and was in George Stewart’s collection. The full journal can be accessed via: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/FCJO036.pdf/$FILE/FCJO036.pdf

Please see the attached PDF for the full page list of staff.

This list, shown complete in the attached PDF, is of staff mainly in the education and training sector including those at the two remaining Forester Training Schools still operating – Faskally and The Dean. Many of the other forester training staff were located around the country and involved in short course staff training from tool maintenance, fencing through to setting up and operating cable cranes.

This was the era of large planting programmes and dramatic increases in harvesting work as the early planted forests matured. On the hill the draining spade had given way to the plough but new styles of fencing with spring steel wire were the initiator of many training courses in fencing followed by others in the skill of chemical weeding with low volume sprayers and granular applicators. In the wood and forest the axe gave way to the chainsaw and the horse to the tractor and cable crane especially when large product volume demands followed the building of the Fort William pulp and paper mill. Many hundreds of workers and foresters were trained on chainsaws and machines and also on how to manage and organise the work to achieve the best outputs.

There was a short period of a decade or so when the workers had a greater choice of work at their local forests and many opted to try the wood and some even went self employed. Enough workers to meet the marketing demands was a real problem and there were periodic top ups of new blood from the unemployment black spots in Scotland who were trained up but many lasting only a few weeks. However some and their families did survive the ordeal and went on to become long term forestry workers or contractors. The introduction of even more advanced cable cranes, forwarders and the early harvesters was largely driven by the shortage of skilled workers and the need to reduce costs. The training needs carried on and on and productivity increased markedly.

The list also names the work shop mangers of Chapel Hall and Mile End and also John Dunford who was the Forestry Commission marketing and liaison office based in an office actually in the Pulp Mill at Corpach.

The names on the list are as below:
District Officer I – J F Goodwin, G F d’A Savage, Norman W Tulloch
District officer II – Gordon M Cowie, A T Jones
Chief Forester – A L James, R A F Kemp, R J Power
Head Forester – Don a Bardy, R A Bignell, F A Courtier, J (Sandy) Cramb, R D Davies, A R Dunning, R G Fife, M Hodgson, D J Jones, R A Lancaster, A Powell, T G Queen, H O Sharp, Dave F Solway, M T Turnbull, R W Twallin, J Webster
Forester – J Clark, P L Cooper, T G Fryer, E C Gardner, M J Holmes, N MacLeod, W A Masson, V Masson, Joe Meechan, R A Murray, A A E Nichols, J A Parker, W C Payne, D C Pike, J H Robertson, Alex Sandilands, M H Stark, Hugh Thom, J W Tilley, A S Turner, Jack Wade, David E Waugh, A J Woods

Plant and Vehicle Manager – W C Anderson, S Gawn
Workshop Manager – W? Falconer, J Thomson
Clerk of Works – H J Collin
Deputy Gaveller, Dean Mines – J R Tallis
Higher Executive Officer – John A Dunford
Executive Officer – A L Rae
Clerical Officer – Mrs ME B Clark
Hostel Manager – Mrs E Thatcher

Any more first names always welcome.
Picture added on 14 February 2019 at 07:58
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RSFS Certificates - Alex GrossertNewton Rigg College – Training in ForestryDevelopment of New Methods – Ergonomic AspectsCostings and other Money MattersWork Study in Forestry – Standard Time TablesWork Study in Forestry – HistoryThe Plan of Operations – private WoodlandsGrants for Woodland Owners 1969Booklet No 39 – IntroductionsDecimal Hoppus Tables by S E Wilson
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