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FLS Christmas trees at Arran garden centre

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team on Arran has teamed up with a local garden centre to make sure that residents can still buy their locally gown Christmas trees. With FLS’s Brodick office closed and staff still working from home, it looked as though the team wouldn’t be able to invite local residents to come along and buy a Christmas trees this year. But the Cladach Garden Centre has stepp...

Fire-blackened and charred trees

Long, slow recovery for fire-damaged forest

Friday, 20 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging all forest visitors to avoid lighting fires when out and about in a forest after assessing that a fire-damaged habitat of international importance will take generations to recover. The plea comes as the FLS team in the north east weighs up the consequences of a three week long fire that affected Culbin Forest at the end of September. The man-made sand d...

Finished section of path

New path puts visitors' safety on new footing

Friday, 20 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is pushing ahead with work on a long awaited path at Glenmore that will help keep visitors to the area safe. With funding from the Cairngorms National Park Authority, FLS and SUSTRANS, FLS is carrying out the work on behalf of CNPA, which also secured the bulk of the funding for the £250,000 project from Visit Scotland’s (VS) Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF)....

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Views sought on Dalmacallan management plan

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people in Dumfries to take part in the development of the Dalmacallan Land Management Plan. The plan is concerned with 701 ha of coniferous forest  situated 3 km south east of Moniaive and focuses on sustainable timber production, climate change mitigation and conservation enhancement. There are also proposals for changing the species mix in the forest...

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Infected larch trees on Arran to be cleared

Monday, 16 November 2020

Residents on and visitors to Arran are being urged to help slow the spread of a fatal disease that affects larch trees as Forestry and Land Scotland’s South Region team prepares to tackle an outbreak on the island. Phytophthora ramorum, which can infect a range of host species, causes particularly damaging infections on larch trees. First found in Scotland in 2002, with infections on Scottish ...

Robin sitting by Christmas tree branch

Perthshire Christmas tree sales centres ‘boughing’ out

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in Tayside will not be opening the Christmas Tree sales centres at Inver and Kinnoull this year. With more and more outlets selling trees over the past few years, fewer people have been visiting the FLS centres in Tayside and they have become uneconomical to run. FLS’s Area Visitor Services Manager for the area, Robin Lofthouse, said; “The sales centres w...

Close up of Christmas tree bauble on branch

Book a slot to buy a tree at Tyrebagger

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

With Christmas on the horizon, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is gearing up its Tyrebagger Christmas Tree Sales Centre (near Aberdeen) to help families in the north east make Christmas as merry as possible. However, this year customers are being advised that in light of COVID-19 protections, they will only be able to visit the centre and collect a tree if they pre-book a time slot. Fiona Rober...

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Gully Monster mountain bike trail closed

Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has closed off the most challenging of the Moray Monster Trails because it has become unsafe to ride. Closure of the Gully Monster black trail comes after a recent inspection that determined that the route posed a potential danger to riders. The other trails at the site are still open. Justin Livesey, FLS’ Regional Visitor Services Manager, said; “Unfortuna...

View of Mainshill site

Re-greening derelict land set to have big impact

Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Two land reclamation projects on former coalfield sites are set to create woodland, lock up carbon and improve the environment for the benefit of wildlife and local communities. Forestry and Land Scotland has been working with a number of partners since 2016 to restore vacant and derelict land sites to a state fit for woodland creation. The two latest sites - Mainshill, (nr Douglas) South Lanark...

View of Utsi's Bridge

Utsi Bridge builder says farewell

Monday, 26 October 2020

One of the people that helped build Cairngorm’s landmark, Utsi’s Bridge (nr Altmore), has made a special trip to the area to be one of the last people to cross it before it is replaced. Bryan Chalmers, a partner with farm consultancy business, Allathan Associates, got in touch with Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) after reading about plans to replace the bridge, which has come to the end of i...

View of Carradale Harbour from the hill

Public’s views sought on Carradale land management plan

Monday, 26 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people in and around East Kintyre to take part in the development of the Carradale Land Management Plan. The plan comprises four forest areas - Deer Hill, Deucheran, Grogport and High Clachaig (total of 6,700ha) – that cross a variety of different habitats, from conifer forest to native broadleaf areas and peat bogs sustaining a rich biodiversity. There a...

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Consultation open on Garrogill and Screel woodlands

Monday, 19 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has opened two consultations on Land Management Plans that map out proposals for two Dumfries and Galloway woodlands for the next 20 years. The consultations are for – Screel land management plan - covers Screel Hill, Potterland and The Doach, which are south of Castle Douglas and Garrogill land management plan - covers an area east of Moffat It is a typical...

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