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...
Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Forestry and Land Scotland’s Arran-based team has advised that short periods of closure will affect the Glenashdale Falls path this winter as diseased Ash trees are to be felled and removed from the site.
Many Ash trees along this route have been affected by Chalara and are dying. Felling the trees will help inhibit the further spread of the disease and will help prevent dead branches falling ...
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Finding a technological solution to improving the yield from Scotland’s existing seed stock has taken a step forward – with ideas put forward by five companies winning research and development funding.
Announced in July 2019 as part of the Scottish Government’s CivTech® 4.0 ‘Innovation Challenge’, Forestry and Land Scotland invited individuals, businesses, universities and stakeholders...
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Trail restrictions will be in place around Beinn Ghuilean, by Campbeltown, from January – April 2020 when urgent tree felling begins to help slow the spread of a deadly tree disease.
Forestry and Land Scotland is to carry out the work in a bid to slow the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, a disease which primarily affects and kills larch trees.
Tommy McGrory, FLS Planning Forester, said;
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
An award winning Forestry and Land Scotland Woodland Activity Programme for people living with dementia has attracted the attention of the policy and research team at Alzheimers New Zealand.
The FLS programme gives people living with early-stage dementia opportunities to take part in an innovative and fun programme of woodland activities ranging from woodland walks to bushcraft skills, and from w...
Friday, 15 November 2019
The accompanying image shows (left to right) - Doug Knox (FLS), Kaspars Kristiņš (specialist in forest infrastructure and firefighting), Guntis Ščepaniks (Forest Infrastructure and Hunting Manager) , Mārtiņš Gūtmanis (Excecutive Director of Silvicultura), Kevin Peters (FLS) John McNulty (FLS), Willie Lamont (FLS).
Forestry and Land Scotland’s successful approach to deer mana...
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Forestry and Land Scotland’s Arran-based team is advising members of the public that the ‘Giants Graves’ trail above Whiting Bay is to be closed from 18 Nov until Spring 2020.
The path, which leads to the prehistoric chambered cairns and to remarkable views across Whiting Bay, has become a victim of its own success and has become so eroded that repairs now need to be carried out.
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Forestry and Land Scotland is looking forward to meeting current and potential new contractors later this month (Wed 13 Nov, 10am-4pm) at a free 'Meet the Buyer South' event being staged at Hampden Park, Glasgow.
Organised by the Supplier Development Programme, in partnership with Scottish Government and Highlands and Scotland Excel, the event offers businesses in the south of Scotland an unparal...
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Rural Economy Secretary today ( Wednesday 30 Oct) visited Eshiels Community Woodland – acquired earlier this year by Peebles Community Trust (PCT) – to learn first-hand of the benefits that community ownership looks set to bring.
Formerly managed by Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) predecessor, Forest Enterprise Scotland, the 7 hectare site near Peebles was sold under the Community ...
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Partnership work to erect bat boxes in woodland near Loch Faskally has been a huge success!
A total of 30 boxes were funded by The Enchanted Forest Community Trust and installed in September 2017 by Tayside Bat Group volunteers in Woodlands near Loch Faskally.
Forestry and Land Scotland, which provided support funding, has been monitoring the boxes and has found them to be home to 44 soprano pip...
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in Aberdeenshire are advising members of the public that Countesswells woods is to be closed for two months.
The closure, which affects the carpark and the trails, will come into effect on 30 October and will give the FLS team time to fell some potentially dangerous trees.
Neil Taylor, for FLS in the area, said;
“Last winter, a storm blew down some of the b...
Friday, 25 October 2019
A unique Cairngorms sculpture trail is slowly losing its works of art – just as the artist intended.
The Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail hosts an impressive collection of work in timber and stone in the ‘archetypal abstraction’ style developed by the self-taught, Aviemore-based sculptor Frank Bruce (1931 – 2009).
Sited on land managed by Forestry and Land Scotland, the striking carvi...