kate sheppard
Associate, Forestry

Based in the Perth office, Kate currently manages several portfolio, investment and estate forestry programmes for clients across western, central and southern Scotland. She also provides management and advice to a wide range of estates and private clients as well as public bodies.


Kate joined Bidwells in 2015 after seven years working in the Scottish forestry industry. After graduating from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2005 with a BSc Hons in Environmental Science, she worked for the Forestry Commission and then as a manager for a large harvesting company, before joining Bidwells.

While working for the Forestry Commission Kate was employed as a Forestry Liaison Officer for one of the largest onshore windfarm schemes in Scotland, providing forestry advice and guidance during the construction phase of Whitelee windfarm.

Kate was also a beat forester for Scottish Lowlands Forest District, managing an annual programme of 700 ha of replanting and 100,000 tonnes of standing timber sales.

As Harvesting Manager for Euroforest in the Lochaber area, Kate developed expertise in managing projects for accessing and harvesting timber in remote locations and sensitive areas, liaising with clients, local authorities and contractors to maximise returns and minimise impact.

Recent projects

  • Management responsibility for 5,000 ha of commercial forestry on behalf of estate, commercial investors and private individual clients.
  • Management and implementation of commercial woodland creation project as part of a forest restructuring programme on estates to increase forestry capital values.
  • Overseeing reinstatement of infrastructure on estates affected by the Beauly-Denny powerline project.
  • Tendered 50,000 tonnes of timber in the west Highland area.
  • Kate has developed a sound knowledge and understanding of working within designated sites in the west of Scotland.
  • Co-ordinating and chairing the Special Area of Conservation group for Glen Nevis Caledonian Pine Forest in conjunction with local landowners, Scottish National Heritage, Forestry District and John Muir Trust to ensure the preservation and restoration of the SSSI to favourable condition through management.
  • Development of forest plans for approximately 1,000ha of commercial forestry in central and southern Scotland.
  • Supporting the valuation of commercial forestry properties for investors and owners.
  • Development and implementation of timber transport and access projects.


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