SCOTLAND’S CLIMATE WEEK: 26 SEPTEMBER TO 2 OCTOBER 2022
THE CRICHTON TRUST: GOING, GOING…GREEN
We are committed to protecting nature and taking action outdoors.
It’s time for change. Here at The Crichton, we love our green spaces, but we know that we need to take immediate action to help protect what we love.
As an organisation, protecting our 85-acres of green spaces is high on our list of priorities and so earlier this year we made a commitment to refresh our site management plan for The Crichton and to work towards achieving Green Flag accreditation. We are now proud to fly our Green Flag at The Crichton and it acts as a constant reminder to keep working towards our goals to protect our people, our place and our planet.
Many of our tenants and site users share our love of the outdoors and are committed to protecting the natural environment and meeting Net Zero ambitions, including our colleagues from Scottish Woodlands. Read on to find out more about the important work they do.
THE CRICHTON TRUST: GOING, GOING…GREEN WITH SCOTTISH WOODLANDS
Scottish Woodlands are an all-services Forestry Management Company specialising in providing management solutions for private woodland owners across the UK. They are 80% employee owned, which is unique in the sector, and gives their staff the opportunity to gain equity in the business and to grow and develop their career.
They manage over 300,000 hectares of private woodlands for a wide range of clients and harvest over 1.2m tonnes of timber per annum across the UK. They also play a significant part in new afforestation across the UK, planting typically over 35% of all new woodland creation sites. This is a mixture of roughly 60% productive and 40% native species. They also work extensively on new infrastructure projects for industries such as renewable energy, electricity and rail sectors along with resilience works on existing infrastructure.
In 2022 they planted over 16m trees and are the largest carbon project developers in the UK with over 200 schemes set to deliver over 2,200,000 tCO2e (tonnes of CO2 equivalent) which can be used to offset unavoidable emissions of UK based companies. This service is delivered via their office at The Crichton.
In 2021 Scottish Woodlands gained Achilles Carbon Reduce Certification recognising their commitment to manage and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions across their business, with a long-term goal to become net-zero.
Scottish Woodlands moved to The Crichton from their previous location in Castle Douglas. Talking about their move to The Crichton they said:
“We had been in our company owned office in Castle Douglas for over 30 years, but we had outgrown our facility, which very much lacked the modern touches our staff might expect. Grierson House at The Crichton was a very appealing alternative, offering extensive office space to suit our growing business and access to modern facilities and technology too. The setting was a major factor in our decision to relocate to The Crichton. It is an attractive and accessible location, the grounds are perfect for a lunchtime stroll and being able to access the “Hub” at Crichton Central and its excellent café are really important to our staff and clients. Importantly for us, being located at The Crichton and working more closely with The Crichton Trust, helps us to work together towards our Net Zero ambitions.” Scottish Woodlands, September 2022
Climate Week is the perfect time to change, so why not think about how to take action outdoors.
To find out more about The Crichton Trust and Scottish Woodlands visit
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