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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: the Black Isle

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked our archaeologist ‘Travelling’ Matt to send us postcards from his fieldwork around the country. Over the course of the year, Matt has promised to send us a postcard from some of the amazing places he finds himself in, describing the archaeology and talking to the Forestry Rangers who care for it. Last time Matt was explorin...

Civil Engineering Foundation Apprentices make a valuable contribution to Culloden Woods

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A group of civil engineering foundation apprentices lent their skills to Forest Enterprise Scotland in a hands-on bridge improvement project. The nine first and second year students (S5 and S6 school pupils) carried out surveying and design work using Computer Aided Design (CAD) on two foot-bridges within Culloden Woods, assessing the bridges and putting forward their recommendations for restorat...

Postcards from a travelling archaeologist

Thursday, 20 April 2017

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked our archaeologist ‘Travelling’ Matt to send us postcards from his fieldwork around the country. Over the course of the year, Matt has promised to send us a postcard from some of the amazing places he finds himself in, describing the archaeology and talking to the Forestry Rangers who care for it.

Wildflowers in the forest

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

After the long, dark winter months, the first blooms of spring are a welcome sight. As forest floors and meadows burst into life, there’s plenty of colours and foraging opportunities to enjoy as we head towards Easter. From snowdrops and bluebells to tasty ingredients such as wild garlic and chickweed there’s plenty to discover, so read on to find out what to spot in the forest this spring!...

Management of the National Forest Estate reconfirmed as industry best practice

Friday, 17 March 2017

Sustainable Forest Management is at the heart of how we look after the National Forest Estate, and we are delighted to have passed an audit by United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard with flying colours. Gaining certification means being assessed against criteria that includes management planning, consultation, woodland design, operations, conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. Woodland...

The significance of deer on the NFE

Friday, 03 March 2017

The Scottish deer population is estimated to be around 777,000 and has an important part to play in Scotland’s biodiversity. Deer can have a major effect on habitat and the landscape. To help protect the forest environment, we play a significant role in sustainable deer management through the proactive management of deer numbers, densities and damage impacts on the National Forest Estate (...

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, li...

Love the outdoors this Valentine's Day

Monday, 30 January 2017

It’s that time of the year again – heart shaped items bombard you from every angle as does the stress of buying the perfect gift. This year, why not get away from the hustle and bustle by heading into the forest to spend some time with your favourite person, surrounded by nature. Romance and forests go hand in hand, with legends and myths of star-crossed lovers fleeing to the woods to escape ...

10 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 you...

10 winter walks for the whole family

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas: a time for eating too many mince pies and arguing over a game of Monopoly. We eat cheeseboards by the dozen and try not to fall asleep before the annual screening of The Snowman. By Boxing Day, cabin fever sets in and it’s time to get out and burn off those roast potatoes! We asked staff from around the country to tell us their favourite short walks, perfect for the whole family to g...

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 species...

A brief history of Christmas trees

Friday, 09 December 2016

Picking out and decorating your very own tree is one of the highlights of the festive season. Deciding the colour of tinsel to wrap around the tree and whether to top it with a star or a fairy can cause hours of family fun and even feuds. The tradition of having a decorated tree in your home hasn’t always been around. While evergreen fir trees have been used to celebrate winter festivals for th...

Floating pier helps Scotland’s rural economy

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Timber haulage is an important part of the forestry life cycle, benefitting communities and the economy. With timber harvesting rising to over 7 million tonnes per annum in Scotland, the Scottish Timber Transport Scheme seeks to facilitate the sustainable transport of timber for the benefit of local communities and the environment.  It has funding of £2.2m in 2016/17. One of the approved p...

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 name...

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