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Pick your perfect tree this Christmas

Tuesday, 03 December 2019

You've spent many hours dreaming of your ideal Christmas tree, and now it's time to make those dreams a reality. Here's a useful guide to selecting a Christmas tree that ticks all your festive boxes. Not every type of tree is available at every single one of our sales centres, so for advice, call the centre in advance. Find your local Christmas Tree Sales Centre Different types of Christmas t...

Bats in Scotland’s forests

Monday, 02 December 2019

How much do you know about bats? They are a protected species in Scotland, but thanks to the efforts of dedicated bat-fans, a few species are increasing in number. The growing populations are a huge success story for this fascinating flying mammal. Let’s celebrate with some bat-facts! Main image viua PXfuel Bats are brilliant! A female Natterer's bat is handled by an FLS wildlife expert...

Naturally Christmas! UK-grown trees on sale from 29 November

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

  This week marks the start of our annual Christmas Tree sales at forests and visitor centres across Scotland, with the grand opening of Tyrebagger Christmas Tree Sales Centre on Thursday 28 November, and all of our other centres open soon after. Choosing an all-natural, UK-grown tree from Forestry and Land Scotland at Christmas is something of a tradition. We've been providing ho...

National Tree Week: The Tree Charter

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The Tree Council’s nation-wide celebration National Tree Week is here! Back in 2017, the Council and dozens of partner organisations and charities got together to create The Tree Charter, or to give it its full title, The Charter for Woods, Trees and People. A mini-manifesto of sorts, the Charter is intended to help communities, individuals and trees to stand together. It looks at t...

National Tree Week: Prayer of the Woods

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Walking through the forests and national parks of North America, at some point you are bound to come across a version of the ‘Prayer of the Woods’. Usually carved on a plaque at the entrance to a forest trail, the ‘prayer’ takes the form of a short poem presented as an anonymous work. While its most common title is ‘Prayer of the Woods’ it does not have a religious origin. It is tra...

Mapping the territory: World GIS Day

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The Planning Support Team at Forestry and Land Scotland have a saying: “Everything happens somewhere." Mapping plays a huge role in all of the work that takes place in Scotland's forests, and without the technology behind GIS (Geographic Information Systems), their job would be a lot more difficult. “Knowing the locations of our forests and land—and what’s on them—is extreme...

Tackling the Climate Emergency: Peatland restoration in south Scotland

Thursday, 31 October 2019

According to current estimates, peatland covers about 3% of the planet. Peat is made when many years' growth of plants partially decay, to build up a biodiversity-rich habitat. Peatlands vary in age, size and distribution across Scotland. The blanket bogs in the Scottish uplands started to form just over two thousand years ago, and their peat depth varies from between half a metre to 6 met...

Cleaning up the Clootie Well at Munlochy

Monday, 28 October 2019

The Clootie Well at Munlochy is a fascinating place to visit. A site of historical significance going back possibly as far as the 7th century, it has long attracted visitors and pilgrims due to its association with ancient, pre-Christian healing traditions, and is seen by many as a site of great importance to the Pagan religion. According to tradition, handed down from generation to generation,...

Saying goodbye to the sculptures of Frank Bruce

Thursday, 24 October 2019

A unique sculpture trail in the Cairngorms is slowly losing its works of art—just as the artist intended. The sculptures were made from reclaimed wood by the late Frank Bruce (1931—2009). The impressive and beloved collection of works in timber and stone are carved in the ‘archetypal abstraction’ style developed by the self-taught, Aviemore-based sculptor. Sited at Feshiebrid...

The 'Last Ent of Affric' is Scotland's Tree of the Year 2019

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

One of Scotland's most ancient and mysterious trees has been named the Woodland Trust's 'Tree of the Year' following a campaign by Forestry and Land Scotland and members of the public. The tree, known as 'The Last Ent of Affric' in honour of the tree-creatures invented by J.R.R. Tolkien in 'Lord of the Rings', is located in Glen Affric, near Cannich in the Scottish Highlands. Giles Brockman (pi...

New website celebrates 100 years of forestry in Scotland

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

This year marks 100 years since the passing of the Forestry Act of 1919. The act brought the Forestry Commission into being, and gave it responsibility for woods in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. With only 5% of the UK afforested as the First World War began, the urgent need for timber mobilised a vast new workforce, and gave birth to a whole new era for the forestry industries. ...

8 simple ways to recharge your mind and body in the forest

Monday, 21 October 2019

Nowadays it feels like we never have a minute to stop and just relax. We’re so busy that there’s always something going on; whether it’s work, family, emotional, or other aspects of our lives. It can feel like there are always things to do or to worry about.  Being active and getting outdoors regularly is a great way to keep healthy and fit physically. It can also play an important r...

Yellow, orange and green-leaved trees overhanging a river

Awesome autumn leaves: colour chemistry explained

Tuesday, 08 October 2019

Autumn: we can stop complaining about the heat, but still enjoy the outdoors without a hundred layers! Conkers litter the paths, pumpkin-spiced everything returns, and you can step back into your favourite pair of boots. But we all know the best bit is when the leaves give the colourful spring flowers a run for their money. We all love the season's spectacular hues. But why ...

Space Is The Place: Stargazing in Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

Monday, 07 October 2019

One of the darkest places in Scotland, Galloway Forest Park became the UK’s first Dark Sky Park in 2009. With light pollution in cities impacting wildlife habitats, human health and biodiversity, finding places to enjoy the majesty of the night sky can be a challenge. For visitors to Scotland however, Galloway's Dark Sky Park, easily accessible from our Visitor Centre in Kirroughtree, offers ...

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