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FLS and COTAG boost north-east’s resilience

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Following last year’s exceptional storm events, Forestry and Land Scotland is helping to boost resilience and winter preparedness levels by hosting (26 Nov) a Community Off-road Transport Action Group (COTAG 4x4 Response) in Aultmore Forest. A registered Scottish Charity, the group consists of around 44 community-minded men and women from across northeast Scotland, who as unpaid volunteers work...

Campsite Management Company Appointed To Refresh Speyside’s Glenmore Site

Monday, 21 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has announced that Twinflower will take on management of the Glenmore campsite on the shores of Aviemore’s Loch Morlich.  A new dedicated Scottish outdoor business, Twinflower has been established by the management team behind the multi-award-winning Holdfast Entertainment Company and will commence operating the site from 1 December 2022.  The Scottis...

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Blairadam Christmas trees 'bough' out

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in Fife will not be opening the Christmas Tree sales centre at Blairadam this year. With more and more outlets selling trees over the past few years, fewer people have been visiting FLS’ sales centre and it has become uneconomical to continue. Andrew Clark, Regional Visitor Services Manager for FLS said; “We know that  our not being there this year w...

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Beinn Ghuilean Land Management Plan Consultation

Monday, 14 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Campbeltown to help shape a new Land Management Plan for Beinn Ghuilean Forest.  A popular recreational resource and part of the Woods in and Around Towns (WIAT) initiative the 144 ha, (roughly half a square mile) 40 year-old forest consists mostly of Sitka Spruce and Larch, although small areas of Pine and native broadleaves...

Balfour Browne Trophy 2022 awarded for exceptional career in deer management

Friday, 11 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Head of Wildlife Management, Ian Ferguson, has been awarded the Balfour Browne Trophy for 2022 in recognition of the exceptional contribution he has made to deer management in Scotland in his 44 year career. As an authority on deer and their sustainable management, and as an expert on the safe use of firearms, Ian’s expertise is recognised across Scotti...

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Building power line resilience

Wednesday, 09 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is working with SSE’s network businesses – SSEN Transmission and SSEN Distribution - to increase power line resilience before winter weather sets in. Thousands of homes were left without power last winter when unprecedented storms flattened swathes of forestry and caused a major failure of power supplies. Despite a Herculean effort to clear windblown trees an...

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Larbert community invited to comment on plans for local woodland

Thursday, 03 November 2022

Local residents in Larbert are being invited by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) to offer feedback on long-term plans for the management of Larbert woods, located beside the Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Sitting within a former designed landscape, this is a significant site for recreation, health and wellbeing with areas of woodland dating back to the 1800s. The site suffered from a lack of manag...

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Thermal imaging trials capture growth of local pine marten population

Monday, 31 October 2022

Specially-designed thermal imaging cameras are being used to identify an increasing population of pine martens. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is trialling innovative technique using thermal imaging cameras to capture the occupancy of over 100 artificial den boxes in Galloway Forest. Trials have been taking place over the past year and have showed positive results for monitoring the local pine...

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Stay the Night ends for the season

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s third ‘Stay the Night’ season is to close this year on Monday 31 October. The widely acclaimed and well-received initiative allowed campervans and motorhomes to use 37 FLS carparks across Scotland for single overnight stays. Established in 2020 as the country emergence from COVID-19 lockdown, Stay the Night aimed to help alleviate pressure on honey-pot tourism ...

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Views sought on Kirroughtree’s next ten years

Monday, 03 October 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting feedback as it reviews its ten year plan for Kirroughtree Forest. The forest, which is three times the size of Dumfries, encompasses several ancient woodlands and is also one of the world-class 7Stanes mountain bike venues.   The review of the land management plan will define how FLS looks after the forest for the next ten year period, and have a beari...

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Growing tall: trees being grown six times faster in vertical farm saving water and time

Saturday, 01 October 2022

Tree seedlings are being grown six times faster in a vertical farm compared to traditional outdoor sowing, in the first UK trials of their kind. Growing 40-50cm tall in just 90 days – something that in a field would take up to 18 months - the tree trials could potentially transform the forestry sector and help UK to meet its net zero targets faster. Vertical farms are more commonly associated ...

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Public urged to revise expectations of storm clear up

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging members of the public to have more realistic expectations of when access to local storm-damaged forests will resume. Almost a year on from the devastation of Storms Arwen, Malik and Corrie much of the storm damage is still to be cleared and some forest access is still restricted. However, dealing with the aftermath of major storms is not simply a case of movi...