The partnership creating the Central Scotland Forest (CSF) was established by the Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT) at the time of the launch of the first CSF Strategy in 1994. The partnership has been extremely effective in transforming the landscape of the Forest area. This website is being developed to capture the best of the partnership’s programmes and projects.

In March 2014, CSFT was renamed the Central Scotland Green Network Trust and took on the role of supporting the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network.

Central Scotland Green Network Trust is a registered Scottish charity, number SC015341

How reclaimed solid oak flooring is saving forests in the UK

Oak as a wood is extremely desirable and certainly very popular at the moment, the UK has forests that are plentiful in oak trees but it is still a finite resource. Reclaimed solid oak flooring is increasingly playing a vital role is saving oak trees because every year, hundreds of tonnes of oak flooring gets discarded and simply goes to waste.


As a hardwood oak is popular as it has very desirable properties to people building homes and indeed furnature maker. Solid oak flooring in particular is seeing somewhat of a boom as it has again really come into fashion and our forestry are baring the brunt of this trend.

By recycling solid oak flooring and ash wood we can save our oak forests

Woods like ash wood and oak can take a very long time to grow, in fact some trees are over 200 years old. It is estimated that as a tree, they can take almost 200 years to grow to maturity and it is around this time that oak trees develop their desirable characteristics. Luckily these days, recycling yards and rubbish tips actively separate these fine woods out from the general waste, this reclaimed wood is then sold to lumber and timber yards and then reused for things like flooring.

The best part about these reclaimed oak beams is that they not only help the environment but they also work out cheaper for consumers. This type of wood can usually be picked up for a fraction of the price that something that regular solid oak flooring would cost.

How electric curtains are saving forests and wood use

Curtain tracks and poles are not something that most people think about however the fact is that these pieces of furniture, which can be found in most homes actually use a lot of wood during construction. Electric curtains are actually more environmentally friendly than their solid wood counterparts because there is a lot of waste wood generated during the manufacturing process that is actually quite harmful to forests.

So how do electric curtains help with preventing waste woods

Electric curtains and electric curtain track are often created from recycled metals and therefore are far more environmentally friendly that those that are made from trees and wood. A wooden curtain pole is typically fashioned from one solid piece of wood meaning that a great deal of wood is consumed during the whittling down process and of course, the more wood that is wasted, the more trees need to be cut down.

It’s not just electric curtain tracks that save wood usage

There are so many choices that everyday consumers can make that would drastically cut down on the amount of wood that the UK actually uses, electric curtain poles are just one such example. These days it is very easy to make the selection too with many furniture makers being upfront about where they got their wood from and whether it has been ethically sourced too.