Leslie Melville

roderick leslie melville
Partner, Forestry

Roderick has over 20 years of professional experience in forestry and is a partner in Bidwells. He is responsible for the management of commercial forestry properties owned by private individuals and institutional investors, and provides timber harvesting, woodland creation and restructuring advice.

Member of the forestry team and appointed divisional partner in 2010. Jointly responsible for the strategic management of over 40,000 ha of forestry.

He agrees annual work programmes and budgets with forestry management companies for managed client forests, and ensures agreed works are competitively priced, implemented to a high standard and completed within budget. Inviting tenders for client timber standing sales to ensure wide market exposure to achieve the best prices and setting in place legally binding timber sale agreements to protect the interests of the forest owner and monitoring harvesting operations and payments.

Provision of forestry advice to forest owners, farmers and potential investors in forestry, valuation and long term forest planning to suit both the client’s personal and commercial objectives.

Previous roles have included - Forester with Tilhill Forestry responsible for the day to day management of privately owned woodland ranging from the Scottish Borders through to Highland Perthshire. In 1999 promoted to deputy district manager in Central Scotland District specialising in commercial forestry management and new forestry planting schemes.

Former assistant farm manager on the family farm in Angus specialising in dairy, beef, sheep, cereals and potatoes until its sale in 1990, at which time Roderick returned to Aberdeen to study forestry.

  • Advice on commercial and native forestry schemes to existing forest owners and prospective forest owners
  • Preparation of forestry budgets and cashflow
  • Forestry valuations and audits of forestry investments
  • Purchases and sales of woodland
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