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Still from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in forest

Sticks at the flicks: Trees of the silver screen

Thursday, 23 February 2017

These past few weeks we’ve seen awards ceremony after awards ceremony. From music to television to films, February has celebrated the best in arts and culture, so we think it’s the perfect time to turn the spotlight to forests of the silver screen. Trees have played a range of roles in cinema – from stunning landscape backdrops, to central characters, through to locations for key scenes, ...

Child hiding under the canvas of a blue tent

Ten of the best all-weather winter destinations

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The outdoors is the perfect place to get away from everyday life and just lose yourself in nature. But what do you do on those changeable Scottish winter days, when we can experience up to four seasons in one day? We’ve put together some of our favourite destinations that are perfect for a visit, no matter the weather. From cafes to warm yourself with a hot chocolate to wildlife hides where y...

Close-up of lots of brown acorns

Bumper acorn crop helps native woodlands

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Around 1.2 million acorns have been collected in Galloway Forest Park as part of a project to expand and link native Ancient Oakwoods which will create semi natural habitats from the hill tops to the coast. The project involves restoring Protected Ancient Woodlands sites and linking the woodlands through forest restructuring via natural regeneration and planting of local provenance native speci...

View of the sun through tree branches

Best in show

Thursday, 17 November 2016

We love trees here at Forestry Commission Scotland. We know you guys love trees too. So to celebrate National Tree Week we’ve put together a list of some of the most impressive trees out there. While several species can be found on Scottish shores, you may have to venture further to see others. And some you may want to avoid altogether. Best for instagramming - rainbow eucalyptus Latin na...

Illustration of a wooden house in a dark forest

Halloween fiction: Diary of a woodland survivalist

Monday, 31 October 2016

This year we've decided to do something a bit different for All Hallows' Eve. We've put together our very own Halloween Special for you, full of thrills and chills. It's a little different from our usual blog posts, and not for the fainthearted. It's a treat for the eyes and ears, perfect for everyone looking for a scare this October 31. So pop on your headphones, follow the link below, and st...

A nightjar landing on a branch

Modern forestry benefits the Nightjar

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Nightjar – one of Scotland’s rarest and most unusual birds – is the latest species to benefit from modern forestry practices. For many years Forest Enterprise Scotland has worked to support the local population of Nightjars in Dumfries and Galloway, creating and maintaining habitat for them through felling and restocking trees. By creating a mosaic of different age structures, larger ...

Person walking through a forest with back to camera

Calling all budding photographers

Friday, 14 October 2016

Entries are open for our new photography competition to celebrate the advent of autumn colours. Everyone is welcome to enter for a chance to win a scrumptious Galloway Lodge hamper, and the winning photo will feature on our autumn webpage in 2017. How to enter Share photos using #youknowitsautumn on Twitter or by posting directly on to Forestry Commission Scotland’s Facebook page until m...

Forestry Commission staff member holding an eagle

White-tailed eagles flourishing on the National Forest Estate

Friday, 14 October 2016

We are proud that our forest management helps wildlife species to flourish. One of our biggest success stories is the white-tailed eagle, once extinct in Scotland but now living here again after successful re-introduction programmes. The west coast releases and the success of the birds in places such as Mull, Skye and Argyll has been a fantastic success story but the East of Scotland project is ...

Fork digging into plate of mushrooms and pasta

Foraging: Eat your way closer to nature

Wednesday, 07 September 2016

  We can’t all be the next Masterchef or future Mary Berry, but there’s plenty of food in the forest that anyone can whip up into a tasty treat! From mushrooms to berries, you can find all sorts of fresh and organic edibles growing all across Scotland. Foraging involves directly picking plants found outdoors, such as in woodlands, rather than buying them from a shop. Different foods are...

A capercaillie standing in the middle of a forest track

Success story for Capercaillie in Strathspey

Monday, 22 August 2016

Forest management today is about much more than planting and harvesting trees. Just one of the areas we focus on is making sure the woods provide the best possible conditions for wildlife, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that forests managed for timber production provide an excellent habitat for many species, including the magnificent capercaillie. Our management of the National Forest...

A dolphin jumping out of the sea

National Marine Week: The life aquatic

Tuesday, 02 August 2016

When you visit the forest you know what to expect: trees, spectacular views, woodland wildlife. But how about leaping salmon? Or dolphins? Or even a minke whale? Not what you’d expect from your typical woodland wander. It’s National Marine Week, and there’s no better time to celebrate the flippery creatures that live in our rivers and seas. A he-roe-ic life First up, salmon. Young salmon...

The cafe at Glentress

Vote for us - Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Four of our projects have been shortlisted for a Scottish Award for Quality in Planning. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, The Lodge, Glentress Masterplan and Nevis Forest Masterplan all made the shortlist for a 'People's Choice' Award which also forms part of the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.  The award is part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Des...

Farmer standing among his cattle

Helping to kick start a new generation of farmers

Monday, 18 July 2016

We have successfully piloted 7 opportunities on the National Forest Estate for new entrants to farming. The pilot scheme was designed  to provide “first rung” opportunities – essentially blocks of land only with no houses or farm building to help kick start a new generation of farmers. Pilot schemes With a simple application process designed to favour new entrants, it asks only fou...

Two groups of people walking along a lochside path

Wilderness experience for the Central Belt population

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

A new trail has been officially opened in the Kilpatrick Hills as part of a project is to increase the number of visitors enjoying the beauty and wilderness of the Kilpatrick Hills. The 8km route joins the National Forest Estate to the popular John Muir Way which stretches 134 miles between Helensburgh and Dunbar. The John Muir Way is an easy and enjoyable way for the 3 million people who live ...

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