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Fergus Ewing standing in front of timber stack

Forestry and Wood Processing sector contribution praised

Thursday, 26 March 2020

The vital role that forestry and the wood processing sectors are playing in the current COVID-19 pandemic was highlighted by Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary, Fergus Ewing, today (Thursday 26 March). Mr Ewing commended the important contribution that they are making in producing key products, such as pallets, packaging, biomass fuel and face masks, to help keep Scotland - and the UK - safe an...

Forestry and Land Scotland visitor centres to temporarily close

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is to close its visitor centres across Scotland in response to the challenges of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The move is in line with UK and Scottish Government guidelines on social distancing and prioritises the health and well-being of our staff, visitors, suppliers and contractors. As from Friday 20 March until further notice, FLS’s visitor centres across Scotland wil...

Double boost for Freshwater pearl mussels

Monday, 09 March 2020

A watercourse survey carried out ahead of work to replace culverts has uncovered a previously unknown colony of freshwater pearl mussels in north Highland. The habitat improvement work – supported with a £170,000  Biodiversity Challenge Fund grant from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and managed by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) -  will see 8000 native broadleaf trees planted in...

Secret bunker unearthed in Scottish Borders

Monday, 09 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has recently unearthed a secret WW2 underground bunker whilst carrying out felling operations in the Scottish Borders. It is thought that the small bunker in Craigielands Forest, near Moffat, was used as an operational base for an Auxilliary Unit, a secret branch of the Home Guard, often known as “Churchill’s secret army”. These specially trained teams we...

Alyth Wood sign

Views sought on 20-year plan for Westfield Woodland

Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Anyone with an interest in how Westfield Woodland, near Alyth, is managed over the next 20 years is invited to take part in a consultation being run by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS). The plan includes details of how FLS intends to manage the site until 2030 and provides a direction of travel for the following 10 years. Robin Almond, planning forester with the local FLS team, said; “A drop-...

Public warned over safety signs

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging the public to take notice and act on the safety signs erected as felling continues at Beinn Ghuilean. The warning comes as some members of the public appear to be ignoring the safety signage, putting themselves at great risk. Felling at Beinn Ghuilean started in January in order to tackle larch trees which have been infected by Phytophthora Ramorum. The dise...

Mairir Gougeon, Simon Hodgson and Christian Nissen

Venison supply contract good for jobs, local business and Scotland

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s deer management programme was hailed as exemplary when Rural Affairs Minister, Mairi Gougeon, today (3 March) announced a £13 million, five-year venison supply contract between Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and Highland Game Ltd.   The contract, that was competitively tendered, highlights the significant economic, social and environmental benefits of Forest...

Aerial view of coal field site

Plan to re-green coal sites takes another leap forward

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) programme of converting vacant and derelict land into new forests is soon to reach another major milestone this spring, when a newly remediated site is handed over for tree planting. The Piperhill site (Galloway) is undergoing the final stages of remediation. The work is being done by Hargreaves Environmental Services on behalf of the site owners, Hargreaves L...

South Region’s Apprentices powering ahead

Monday, 02 March 2020

  (Photo l to r: Shaun Hunter, Euan Sneddon, Jamie Wallace, Ben Sinden, Javin Hannah, Sabrina Smith, Alexander Austin.) Trainees in the south of Scotland are going from strength to strength under Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Modern Apprentice programme. Already six out of the seven Modern Apprentices have secured full time jobs in the forestry sector. All seven are all fully certif...

Forest thinning work begins mid-February

Monday, 20 January 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s South Region team is advising members of the public that work will soon be underway to prepare for tree felling in Mark Hill Forest, Kippford. Preparatory work – to make the forest road ready and to clear roadside ditches – will begin the week commencing January 27th and felling will commence from mid-February. The thinning work will open up to forest, letting...

Map showing work area

Work starts to remove diseased trees from Beinn Ghuilean

Monday, 13 January 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland yesterday (Thursday 16 Jan) started work to fell diseased trees at Beinn Ghuilean, by Campbeltown. The larch trees - infected by Phytophthora ramorum, for which there is no remedy – are being felled in a bid to slow the spread of the disease to other woodlands in the area. It is anticipated that the felling operations will be completed by April 2020 but may be increa...

Diseased trees (stock image)

Work on diseased trees at Beinn Ghuilean starts in New Year

Friday, 06 December 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland has advised that trail restrictions around Beinn Ghuilean, by Campbeltown, from January – April 2020 will be extended further than was initially intended. The closures – to facilitate the felling of diseased trees affected by Phytophthora ramorum – will now include more of the forest road because trees will be felled to either side and the heavy plant needed...

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