The Woodlands section of Shetland Amenity Trust has been in operation since 1985. The section has a number of strategic aims which include the conservation, propagation and re-establishment of native trees and woodland species in Shetland; as well as the creation of a Shetland Arboretum to foster interest in trees and enable participation in international conservation strategies.
Staff in the section carry out key roles in fulfilment of the core objectives, including the maintenance and planting of new and existing woodlands as part of an overall woodland strategy for Shetland. These woodlands have been established in places such as Kergord, Sullom, Loch of Voe and Clickimin for the enjoyment of the public and benefit of wildlife, for both present and future generations. The team encourages the use of trees, shrubs and other woodland flora in the Shetland landscape by providing public advice services on appropriate plant and tree species, in addition to tree surgery and advice to landowners and tenants.
Day to day activities of the Woodlands Team includes the conservation and cultivation of native Shetland plants in the glasshouse. These plants are often supplied for school and community garden areas and for public projects, such as the recently established Peerie Oversund Park in Lerwick.