Bute Forest escaped relatively unscathed during the severe weather of last week, which saw high winds and a tidal surge batter the island’s coastline.
Head forester Ben Robinson said: “Foresters are not the biggest fans of high winds: they damage trees and wreak havoc in forests and surrounding areas.
“Rhubodach is a commercial forest. To produce a valuable crop, the trees have to be thinned by (felling one in every five lines of trees. The ones left standing are then at greater risk of wind blow.”
He continued: “The space created between the rows can act as a wind tunnel. Also, the thinning exposes the weaker trees which had been previously protected from the brunt of the wind. The risk reduces as the tree roots grow in the new space and the trees grow stronger.
“We have minimised the threat at Rhubodach by thinning slowly and spreading the felling throughout the forest rather than concentrating solely on one area.”