From the launch of Dovetail Scotland in May 2000 we set out an environmental statement which we have stood by from the outset. Put simply we made the decision to put back more than we take during our working career and respect the environment around us.

Sustainable Woodland

In 2013 we were lucky enough to put our money where our mouth was and purchased a small ancient mixed hardwood woodland with a large field behind it. In March 2016, we planted a 23,525 mixed hardwoods, deer and rabbit proofing the area. With the Deer, rabbits and sheep now fenced out, the old woodland is showing signs of natural regeneration. Dovetail now manages the woodland area within which we have created miles of walks on cut grass paths to enjoy.

Living with Nature – Woodland Eco Cabins

In late August / September 2019 we will start the first of two off grid woodland Eco cabins, designed and constructed by Dovetail, which will allow others to stay and enjoy the woodland and surrounding area. The rental income from the cabins will be used to manage, improve and develop the woodland for future generations to enjoy.

Bee Keeping

Early 2019 saw the introduction of our first colony of honey bees to help with pollination, produce our own furniture wax and on a good year give us some quality tree honey. We look forward to increasing our bee population as the years and our knowledge progress. 

Off-Grid Living & Working

We have been living and working completely off grid now since June 2016. Our electricity is supplied by a small wind turbine and 5Kw of solar panels, with a backup diesel generator which all charge our battery bank. Currently we need to use the generator when working the main workshop tools, however we recently commissioned a report from ‘Resource Efficient Scotland’ to look at ways for Dovetail to become completely fossil fuel free as soon as reasonably possible.

Environmental Statement

“My oak tree for hundreds of years will live.
Perhaps the most important thing I had to give. “

Bernard Shaw

tree planting for the future