Newsquest acquires Forestry Journal

Newsquest Media Group yesterday announced the acquisition of the Forestry Journal and essentialARB publications.

The business will form part of Newsquest’s Scottish magazine publishing division, extending its presence in the niche magazine sector.

Forestry Journal and essentialARB are leading magazines in the UK forestry, timber and arboriculture industry and will form part of Newsquest’s Scottish magazine portfolio including The Scottish Farmer, Country Lifestyle Scotland, Scottish Walks, Scottish Cycling, Scottish Gardener, Family Focus Scotland, Scottish Mountaineer and High Flyer.

Published monthly, Forestry Journal is a subscription-only magazine aimed at all those working across the spectrum of the forest industry. It has grown considerably since its launch in 1994 and is now considered the magazine of choice by those working in the industry, says Newsquest.

Henry Faure Walker, Chief Executive of Newsquest, said: “The Forestry Journal business is a great fit for our Scottish magazine business, based in Glasgow, and I am delighted to welcome this niche acquisition to the Newsquest publishing portfolio.”

Darren Bruce, Publisher, Newsquest Scottish Magazines, commented: “Forestry Journal and its sister publication, essentialARB, are highly informative specialist magazines which super serve their sectors and as we bring these titles into our stable we can further invest to develop these multi-media brands for opportunity and growth.”

Forestry Journal was launched at the APF Exhibition in September 1994, under the title Forest Machine Journal. In 2008, following the purchase of another title, Forestry and British Timber, the name was changed to Forestry Journal which better reflected the broader, more diverse content of the magazine.

essentialARB magazine was launched in 2008, following the purchase of Forestry and British Timber magazine. Published quarterly, essentialARB is aimed at those engaged in arboriculture and tree care - tree surgeons, utility arborists, tree officers and consultants.

Forestry Journal owner, Mark Andrews, will step down as CEO as part of this transition, but will remain with the business throughout 2017 along with the rest of the team.