Can you help us protect Scotland’s forests?
A trip to the forest is something everyone can enjoy, whether you’re on two legs, two wheels or four paws. The forest is a place where we can relax, discover and play. The forest is a special place, and we need your help to keep it that way.
Did you know that tree diseases can hitch a lift from forest to forest on mucky boots, paws or tyres? The spreading of diseases and pests between woodlands is becoming a real threat to forests across Scotland and beyond.
Luckily, there are little things we can all do to slow the spread of anything harmful, and help keep our forests healthy and beautiful...
Keep it Clean
Shine your shoes. Arrive in the forest with clean walking boots and you'll be sure you aren't transporting dirt from anywhere else you've been on your travels. After your visit, the simple act of knocking your dirty boots together to get rid of any dirt can prevent mud and other forest debris being transported. Don’t forget little boots too – teaching children about the importance of arriving in the forest with clean boots or cleaning up before they leave can set good habits to last a lifetime.
Clean your bike tyres. Keeping your bike tyres free of dirt and debris will do more than simply keep your bike in pristine condition. Arriving in the forest with clean tyres can prevent the spread of tree diseases too. Don't forget, if you’re coming down from the exhilaration of a thrilling mountain biking session at Glentress, you can use the bike wash station there before you head off home.
Wipe those paws. If you're planning lots of walkies, it's a good idea to make sure your pooch is clean before you arrive at your next destination. Give your dog a good clean with a towel and try to get rid of as much dirt as you can before you leave one forest and head to another.
Don’t take it home. Tempting as it is to take a pretty leaf or lovely acorn home with you as a memento of your day, anything organic is best left in the forest. At least you know there’ll be plenty more to discover when you return!
Keeping it clean really is that simple. You may be wondering what real difference you can actually make - but if we all take small steps together now, we’re taking big steps toward keeping Scotland’s forests beautiful for generations to come.