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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...

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South Lanarkshire community invited to comment on plans for local woodland

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Local residents in and around Lesmahagow and Coalburn are being invited by Forestry and Land (FLS) to offer feedback on long-term plans for the forests and land they manage in the area. The consultation is a normal ten-year review of the management plan for the area that at the time of the previous review in 2010 was referred to as Auchlochan. The 1000 ha forest is made up of a collection of 7 f...

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FLS helps install safe and secure water supply

Friday, 02 September 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s East Region team helped secure the private water supply for residents in one of the Angus glens near Glenisla last week ahead of windblow clear-up operations in the area. The 15-strong team worked all day to install a pipeline that will temporarily divert the water supply during harvesting operations to clean up damage from Storm Arwen. The water supply had been in...

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Drop-in session covers plans for Lockerbie and Ecclefechan woodlands

Friday, 26 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting people living in and around Lockerbie and Ecclefechan to give their views on the future management of two local woodlands. The management plans for both woodlands - Auchenroddan LMP (near Lockerbie and including Lockerbie House) and Brownmoor LMP (near Ecclefechan) – are due for a scheduled review and FLS is looking to explain some of the issues that...


FLS looking for specialist contractors for peatland restoration

Thursday, 25 August 2022

As it gears up to procure specialist peatland restoration for a new round of contracts,  Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is surveying forestry contractors to help it scope out the range and capacity of the sector. In order to best inform the FLS approach to the future procurement of these services, it is essential that FLS understand the size, scope, capacity, and future aspirations of the ...


FLS champions responsible deer management with September cull

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s licensed September cull of female deer is to begin next week as part of its management of the deer population in order to protect Scotland’s national forests. Coming in the wake of the recent call from Biodiversity Minister, Lorna Slater, for a sustainable solution to Scotland’s deer problem, the September cull, makes use of existing intervention powers and is l...

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Visitor management proposals for Glen Orchy and Glen Lochy

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Visitor management has been an issue across much of the Highlands and Islands in recent years, fuelled in the last couple of years by lockdown regulations and the growth of staycations. While we welcome all visitors and encourage people to explore Scotland's national forests and land, we must ensure there are adequate facilities and infrastructure to cater for the increasing numbers of visitors, p...


Lanarkshire and West Lothian community invited to help shape new woodland

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting the local community from Whitburn, Harthill, Fauldhouse and Longridge to come along discuss the area and help inform the design of a new woodland. The Polkemmet site was purchased by FLS in 2020 with the aim of establishing a new multipurpose woodland delivering timber production, carbon capture, biodiversity value, as well as community and social bene...


Busman’s holiday for Irish foresters

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’ north Region team last month played host to a group of foresters from Ireland who were on a two day fact-finding trip to share expertise on various aspects of modern forestry. The four-strong group from Coillte, Ireland’s state forest service, visited five sites and discussed issues ranging from restocking low fertility sites and pest control, to peatland restorati...

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Call to help thwart criminals

Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in the central belt is asking members of the public to report any suspicious activity in local forests. The call comes after a number of incidents where padlocks have been broken and removed as a precursor, it is thought, to more serious criminal activity. Carol McGinnis, FLS Central Region manager, said; “We have had several instances recently of damage to...

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Kilsture Forest management plan consultation

Thursday, 04 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting anyone with an interest in how Kilsture Forest is managed over the next 20 years to take part in a consultation and make their views known. Lying within the Machars, the 203ha Kilsture Forest is a relatively unexplored gem of a broadleaf woodland lying in the rural Machars. It is 18 km to the south of Newton Stewart and adjacent to the local communities of S...