Guest speaker at the latest meeting of Kirriemuir Probus Club was Jim Christie of the Woodland Trust.
After retiring from a career in agricultural engineering, latterly as UK Plant Engineer with the Forestry Commission, Jim has done some consultancy work, and joined the Woodland Trust initially as a voluntary warden before being recruited to the Woodland Trust Scotland Advisory Group.
Jim, with his engineering background, began by claiming he knew nothing about trees, but went on to demonstrate a great practical knowledge about the conservation work the trust is currently undertaking to restore large abd small areas of ancient woodland, and to re-establish a balance between people and wild lands in Scotland.
After centuries of forest clearing for deer hunting, later for sheep grazing, and to satisfy the demand for timber for construction and ship-building, much work has been done to regenerate areas by planting native trees, fenced off and browsed by cattle rather than sheep to encourage seed growth.
Jim illustrated his talk with images of work being done in Glen Devon and Glen Finglas, where large areas have been regenerated, with wildlife returning, and where walkers are encouraged to visit.
President Ted Williams presented the trust with a cheque from Kirriemuir Probus Club, the next meeting of which is on Wednesday, April 18, when Christine Kydd promises ‘Something Special’.