Partner, Forestry

Raymond has over 35 years’ professional experience in forestry and is a partner in the firm. He leads Bidwells’ forestry business, which provides strategic management advice to a wide range of clients and plays an active role in advising renewable energy developers on forestry issues, pertaining to wind farm developments.

Raymond is head of the forestry team in Scotland and jointly responsible for the strategic management of over 40,000 ha of forestry.

He has been involved in many large acquisitions on behalf of clients and the provision of professional forestry advice on a regular or one-off basis. He is also responsible for the planning of several native woodland restoration schemes in Scotland.

Raymond provides forestry related advice to a range of wind farm developers throughout Scotland, including specialist input to environmental statements, public inquiry works, negotiation of forestry compensation values, planning of crop felling programmes. He is a long standing member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a RICS Registered Valuer.

He has been the Mid Scotland chair of ConFor (the representative body of the UK’s forestry sector) since 2007 and a Board member of ConFor from 2009.

  • Advice on forestry issues for wind farm developers and forest owners
  • Preparation of forestry budgets and cash flows
  • Forestry valuations and audits of forestry investments
  • Purchases and sales of woodland as investments
  • Production of Forestry assessments and Environmental Statement Chapters
  • Advice on implementation and monitoring of forestry mitigation
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