Landbruk: lessons for Scotland from Norway

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The Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership are based in Perthshire, Scotland. Here, public, private, community and charity partners are working together to connect woodlands across Highland Perthshire. Members of the partnership were recently given the opportunity to visit Norway on a training course developed by ARCH, hosted by Duncan Halley and NINA (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research) and funded through the Erasmus+ programme.

The following link takes you to an ArcGIS StoryMap which documents our journey and gives a flavour of some of the many valuable lessons learnt at each location.

https://arcg.is/1Lv8zC

A walk through Grytdalen Community Nature Reserve at Songli. Staying and spending time exploring the reserve, our base for the week, clearly demonstrated what is possible back home in Scotland in terms of ecological restoration and community involvement.

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