Our low impact machinery is designed to manage woodland without damaging remaining trees or the soil. We offer sustainable and cost-effective thinning and felling solutions for a wide range of woodlands.

Low Impact Machinery

Low Impact Forestry Management

We operate compact harvesting and extraction machinery to minimise the impact forestry management can have.  We aim to be a cost-effective solution while minimising damage to retained crop and ground disturbance.


We can extract timber from sites in which larger machines would require substantial racks to be cut in order to move product to the landing.

High Quality Equipment

We run a low impact 8 wheel Novotny forwarder, a 14 tone Doosan excavator running a Kesla 25 RH harvesting head and a forestry tractor with timber drive trailer and crane.

The small footprint of our Doosan excavator-based harvester, fitted with a versatile hydraulic tilting head, with our Novotny forwarder, means less damage to the ground and root systems and less scratching of retained stock during harvesting and loading.

With our traditional tractor and forestry winch we can extract timber from terrain that is inaccessible to other operators with larger equipment.

Cost-Effective Solutions

Profitable Forest Management

Motor manual harvesting helps our clients to realise the value in areas of forestry that would have previously been considered uneconomical due to their size and potentially low yield. It is proving easier than ever to market timber and realise potential value, due to the expanding biomass, chip and pulp markets.

Maximise Your Return On Investment

Low fuel, operating and haulage costs are essential to maximise a return on your stand. KF Forestry are perfectly positioned to harvest and market your round timber as cost effectively as possible.

New Economy in 1st & 2nd Thinning

Protect Your Crops

It is essential that the thinning operation is done in a way that minimises the felling of trees out with the scope of the management plan and that retained stock is protected from damage that would affect the quality of the mature crop.

Woodland Optimisation

Thinning of plantation woodland is essential to improve the quality and development of the remaining trees and thus to maximise economic returns on initial investment. Traditionally, first thinnings were seen as an overhead that is necessary in the successful management of a wood, with felled trees being left in the wood to breakdown.  Now with an increasing demand for biomass, chip-wood and pulp, it is possible to finance these operations, in part, by capitalising on the value of felled timber. This allows you to make money while improving the future profitability of your stock.

Fuel Wood Harvesting and Thinning

Quality Firewood

The standing hardwood to fuelwood market has never been more lucrative. Rising oil and gas costs have caused a steady rise in demand for quality firewood by producers supplying domestic markets with consumers looking for alternative, sustainable ways to heat their homes.

Hardwood Management

The management and thinning of a hardwood stand is essential to improving the quality of the saw logs that will ultimately be produced.

Improving Returns on Investment

With the more favorable fuelwood market, stands can now be thinned with the output from these operations being sold on. This will often generate enough income to cover the costs of the thinning operations where the wood is high quality, or a particularly sought after species.

See Returns Faster

KF Forestry has helped clients see returns on their standing timber through harvesting and thinning efficiency, always minimising the impact to retained woodland and surrounding grounds.

We Adapt To Your Needs

We offer a range of contractual options based on what our client’s objectives are, be it pro rata, day rate, fixed price or ‘for timber’.

Our Equipment


Our 14 tone Doosan excavator, running a Kesla 25 RH harvesting head, has a light footprint.

Our Novotny forwarder minimises damage to the root network and soil.

Our Timber Wolf tracked chipper allows us to deliver to leave the site looking tidy.

We’ve Been Managing Woodlands For Over 20 years

Let Us Help

Whether you have one tree in your garden or you are managing a whole estate, we are here to help you. Get in touch today!

Kilrie Farm, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY2 5UW, Scotland.

+44 (0) 1592 269479

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