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Storm Clean-up: Many of our forests, especially in the east and south of Scotland, remain closed. Please plan ahead and check online before visiting.

Harvester clearing trail

Steady progress being made in Arwen recovery at recreation sites

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is making steady progress in clearing storm damage from trails and mountain biking routes across south Scotland. With many recreational facilities and trails now open, FLS is about to start phase II of the clear up work tackling some of the worst hit locations. Martin Page, FLS’ South Region Visitor Services Manager, said; “We’ve made safe a lot of the easier to...

View over Patna

Feedback sought on ten-year management plan for Patna forest

Monday, 24 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Patna village to offer their views on the development of a revised Land Management Plan for Patna forest.   The forest, which is made up of two adjacent woodlands and covers an area the size of around 700 football pitches, is to the west of Patna on the A713 between Dalmellington and Ayr and is mostly conifer forest - with so...

cleared carpark

Bennachie Visitor Centre trails re-open

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has cleared the Bennachie Visitor Centre car park in Aberdeenshire a week earlier than had been expected and made most of the trails accessible. Two long-distance trails remain closed from Bennachie Centre. The latest updates for other Bennachie sites are on FLS website. Fiona Robertson, FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, said; “The trails around the Bennachie Centr...


Slow but steady – and safely - for forest clear up

Monday, 17 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) post-Arwen clear-up work has seen the re-opening of the carpark at Bennachie Visitor Centre but the FLS team in the area is warning that other woodlands will take longer to re-open. Members of the public are being specifically advised to check the FLS website before visiting because access to Glenn Doll, Tentsmuir and the woodlands around Aberdeen is limited. ...


Reckless ‘amateur Lumberjacks’ doing more harm than good

Friday, 14 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has urged amateur lumberjacks who are venturing in to forests to cut up windblown trees to stay at home and leave the job to the professionals. The call comes as staff in one Region liaise with Police Scotland about one individual who was caught with a chainsaw, cutting storm damaged trees without any safety gear, without any authorisation or any understanding of ...

blocked carpark

Work ongoing to open up Bennachie Visitor Centre carpark

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) team in Aberdeenshire aims to re-open the visitor carpark at the Bennachie Visitor Centre later this month – on a temporary basis. Clearing the extensive Storm Arwen damage at the Centre is going to take some time but FLS is aiming to provide temporary access to the trails and hill by Friday 21 January. Justin Livesey, FLS’ Regional Visitor Services manag...

view of carpark

Ben A’an carpark works completed

Wednesday, 05 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has completed its expansion of the car park at Ben A’an. Supported by the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, the work is one element of the Trossachs Visitor Management Project and has seen 26 new spaces added and the entire car park given a new stone surface. The increase in capacity will help to reduce traffic related issues caused by large numbers o...

Tree tubes

Bio-degradable tree shelters a new option for FLS

Monday, 03 January 2022

Following up on one of its Climate Change Plan commitments to reduce its plastic waste, Forestry and Land Scotland is introducing biodegradable tree shelters. The step comes after FLS’ procurement team held discussions with shelter supplier, Cheviot Trees, on finding ways of becoming more sustainable, particularly on finding environmentally friendly alternatives to single-use, plastic tree shel...

walkers in forest

New woodland survey shows strong support for more woodlands in Highlands

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Eight in 10 people polled recently agreed that there should be more forestry planted in the Scottish Highlands. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) which is looking to expand national forests in the region, commissioned the survey of 1000 people [see notes]. Some of the key findings are: Over 80% agreed the Highlands should be reforested and over 78% of people say more should be done to support the...

Felling work beside road

Importance of Steep Ground work highlighted in Arwen aftermath

Monday, 27 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s North Region team is more aware than ever of the importance of its Steep Ground felling programme along the Great Glen as parts of the country deal with the aftermath of Storm Arwen. The Storm which battered the east coast and south Scotland with winds of up to 100mph at the end of November has resulted in around 8 million trees being blown over, families left witho...

Aerial view of storm damage

Storm Arwen a ‘shot across the boughs’

Monday, 27 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland says that forest adaptation has to be a focus for the sector in the coming years if damage from storms like Arwen is to be minimised. Climate science indicates an increase in frequency of winter storms. With potential for some of those to be of similar strength to Storm Arwen, FLS is already working to adapt its forests to better withstand such events. FLS Chief Execut...


Forestry and Land Scotland forging ahead post-Arwen

Thursday, 23 December 2021

While many outdoor businesses are winding down for winter, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is gearing up for its busiest time of year, as a huge tree planting effort gets underway. This year’s routine planting season – over the winter months to March - comes at the same time as efforts to tackle the widespread damage caused by Storm Arwen. FLS estimates that up to 900 hectares- the equivale...