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Year-long job to repair forest road now complete 

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Almost a year to the day after a landslide blocked the A83 (29 Jan) – Forestry and Land Scotland has completed work to stabilise the forest road that was in part washed away in the same incident.   The road which runs parallel to the A83 but higher up the slope, gives FLS access to forests and land that it manages at Glen Croe. The Jan 2020 event was the result of exceptionally heavy rain...

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Take extra care in the snow 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Following heavy snow fall and freezing conditions in some parts of the country, Forestry and Land Scotland is urging people to take extra care if they visit a local woodland for some wintery exercise.  FLS car parks and trails are open for local access during the January lockdown but may be icy.   FLS’ Regional Visitor Services Manager, Paul Hibberd, said;  “Going for a woodl...

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FLS car parks and trails remain open for local access

Thursday, 07 January 2021

Following the Scottish Government announcement earlier this week of new Lockdown restrictions throughout January, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has announced that while its Visitor Centres will remain closed, most of its car parks, walking and mountain biking trails will remain open for local access. FLS managed public toilets will also remain open. The decision aims to support members of the...

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Consultation open on Cally Woods

Wednesday, 06 January 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting anyone with an interest in how Cally Woods (by Gatehouse of Fleet) is managed over the next 20 years to offer their views in an online consultation.    A new Land Management Plan for the Cally Woods area is being finalised and includes details of how FLS intends to manage the site over the next ten years, with an indicative proposal for the followi...

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Winning idea wins big!

Friday, 18 December 2020

A partnership project that arose from a Forestry and Land Scotland sponsored CivTech challenge has won the Sustainability Award in this year’s Scottish Public Service Awards. TreeTape – a new system of germinating and planting young trees put forward for the CivTech Challenge - will help increase the number of viable seedlings grown from seed and has significant implications for forestry arou...

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Ten year plan for broadleaf woodland looking for feedback

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around New Galloway to offer their views on the development of a new Land Management Plan for the Bartaggart site.   This established broadleaved woodland, planted in 2014, is a 65.18 ha site approximately two miles east of Balmaclellan and comprises a mix of productive and native broadleaves as well as open space, including an...

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 FLS acquires former research farm site

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

A Scottish Government research site formerly leased by the James Hutton Institute has been acquired by Forestry and Land Scotland.  The 328 ha (810 acre) site - Hartwood Farm, Hartwood, Shotts – includes a range of farm buildings and a mix of ploughable pasture, permanent pasture, rough grazing and farm woodlands. While this farm is already in the ownership of the Scottish Government ...

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Illegal bikers caught on camera 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is stepping up its response to quad and motor bike riders that illegally access trails in Scotland’s national woodlands.  The warning comes as several riders were caught on FLS cameras at Glenglass and reported to Police Scotland.  Colin Watret, Delivery Forester for the FLS team in the area said;  “Using any motor vehicle on the trails that w...

New native woodland begins biodiversity enrichment

Monday, 14 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland has planted 5,000 native trees along the banks of the River South Esk as part of a major project to improve biodiversity and the long-term catchment resilience on the River. The project, which also covered River South Esk catchment in Glen Doll Forest, Angus, was carried out with the River South Esk Catchment Partnership, and funded through the NatureScot Biodiversity C...

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New enclosures to help boost Wildcat numbers  

Friday, 11 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland has been helping Saving Wildcats colleagues at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park to kit out the new conservation breeding enclosures as the next stage of this exciting European  partnership project gets underway.  With an unsustainable population of Wildcats now left in the wild in Scotland, FLS and RZSS – both partners in t...

Public urged to leave rhododendron in the woodland 

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging people not to pick wild rhododendron leaves for Christmas wreaths, flower arrangements or table decorations – in case they end up spreading a deadly tree disease.  Rhododendron ponticum is an invasive species that can quickly smother a woodland and kill off ground vegetation.It is also a carrier of Phytophthora ramorum (more commonly referred to as P. r...

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Forestry project with global implications nominated for public service awards

Wednesday, 09 December 2020

A project that is gearing up to revolutionise tree nursery practices is a contender in next week’s Scottish Public Service Awards. Nominated for the Sustainability Award, TreeTape is a new system of germinating and planting young trees that will help increase the number of viable seedlings grown from seed. A development partnership between CivTech, Forestry and Land Scotland and Cumbria Tree G...

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