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Forest restoration work sees long-ignored gorge tackled

Forest restoration work sees long-ignored gorge tackled

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

As part of Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) long running project to restore Caledonian Pine woodland at Achnashellach, a section of over-mature planted conifers at Allt na Choinais has recently been removed. But it was anything but an easy job. Planted on a difficult and steep slope and isolated on the wrong side of a deep inaccesible gorge, getting them off the hill had proved too difficult...

Culbin's famous viewing tower closed

Culbin's famous viewing tower closed

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland has advised that the Hill 99 viewing tower in Culbin Forest, that offers spectacular views across the forest and the Moray Firth, has been closed due to safety concerns. In a recent inspection of the viewing tower (14 June) found that some of the decking boards had degraded. Justin Livesey, Visitor Services Manager for the FLS team in the area, said; “Our routine in...

Nevis Forest Masterplan set to move off the drawing board with eco-cabins proposal

Nevis Forest Masterplan set to move off the drawing board with eco-cabins proposal

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A key step in delivering Forestry and Land Scotland’s 20-year, £25million Nevis Forest Master Plan will be made this week (w/c 17 June), when cabin tourism company, Forest Holidays, will submit a pre-application notification to the Highland Council. Forest Holidays, one of the partners in the project, operates ten eco-cabin sites across the UK. As a long term partner of Forestry and Land Scotl...

Drummond Hill review aims to manage the impact of tree disease

Drummond Hill review aims to manage the impact of tree disease

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A review of the future management plan for Drummond Hill will have to tackle the threat to larch of an approaching tree disease. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), which manages the site, is preparing for the worst now that Phytophthora ramorum, which infects and kills larch, has been confirmed on trees less than 10 kilometres from Drummond Hill. Robin Almond, Planning Forester for the FLS team i...

Views wanted on forestry agency corporate plan

Views wanted on forestry agency corporate plan

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is seeking views on looking after Scotland’s national forests and land, for the benefit of all, now and for the future. A public consultation has started on a Draft Corporate Plan for the new Scottish Government agency, which was established on 1st April this year. The plan sets out the agency’s proposed direction of travel and priorities for the next three y...

Celebrate National Children’s Day at Cuningar Loop

Celebrate National Children’s Day at Cuningar Loop

Friday, 03 May 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland and Healthy n Happy are inviting adults and children along to Cuningar Loop on Sunday (12 May) to celebrate National Children’s Day.  Taking place from 1pm to 4pm, parents and carers can encourage their children to enjoy a day of fun in the woodlands at this free, celebratory event. There will be many activities for the whole family to enjoy, including stor...

Barnluasgan re-opens the doors to wildlife heaven

Barnluasgan re-opens the doors to wildlife heaven

Friday, 03 May 2019

Picture copyright and by coiurtesy of Philip Price Anyone looking for something different this weekend (Friday 3 May) should come along to Barnluasgan and visit the nearby beaver lodge! With the Barnluasgan car park and trails re-opening after extensive upgrade work carried out by Forestry and Land Scotland staff (FLS), there has never been a better time to find evidence or catch a glimpse of ...

Work continues to open Puck’s Glen

Work continues to open Puck’s Glen

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland is working with geo technical experts to get Puck’s Glen fully open once again.  The popular woodland site, which boasts scenic trails, has been hit by landslips and fallen trees in recent months which are proving very difficult to make safe. Whilst experts work to remove a dangerous overhanging tree root plate, the lower section of the gorge will remain closed ...

New faces to advise forestry agencies in the future

New faces to advise forestry agencies in the future

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Six new non-executive advisers have been appointed to strengthen the work of the new agencies, Scottish Forestry and Forestry and Land Scotland, which were established on 1st April this year. The advisers have been chosen for their specific experience and expertise in a range of corporate skills to add to the agencies’ current breadth and depth of forestry and land management expertise. Welcom...

Speyside Rally offers visitors chance to discover a new forest

Speyside Rally offers visitors chance to discover a new forest

Friday, 12 April 2019

Forest and Land Scotland (FLS) is reminding local people from Inverness to Aberdeen that several forests across the north east will be closed Between Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 April.  The closure is in effect to facilitate the high speed, Speyside Stages Rally on Saturday.  Whiteash forest will be closed on Thursday 18th for a VIP/Media Day but will be opened for public access again...

Greening up Scottish coalfield sites will revitalise communities

Greening up Scottish coalfield sites will revitalise communities

Friday, 12 April 2019

A long-term project to breathe new life into former coalmining sites in the central belt of Scotland will see up to five million trees being planted, opening up new green places and revitalising communities. The transformation of the sites will be led by new Scottish Government agency Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), working in partnership with the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust (SMRT), Hargre...

Get outdoors and explore Glasgow’s woodlands this Easter

Get outdoors and explore Glasgow’s woodlands this Easter

Monday, 01 April 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is encouraging families to get outdoors this Easter and use their local woodland as a space to keep kids active and entertained during the school holidays.  As children across Glasgow break off school for their Easter break, it is the perfect time to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather outdoors. Research has shown that play and learning in w...

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