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International attention for deer management approach

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...

View down to Whiting Bay from Giants' Graves path

Arran's Giants' Graves path closed

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. Andy Walk...

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Contractors invited to learn how to tap into forestry procurement

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...

FErgus ewing and PCT CHair, Lawrie Hayworth survey Eshiels wood.

Eshiels’s Woodland community asset transfer set for success

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 ...

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Enchanted Forest success leads to bat box boost

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...

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Countesswells woods off-limits until New Year

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...

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Frank Bruce Sculptures follow nature’s way

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...

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Clootie Well Clean-Up Day

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland rangers are joining up with local community groups to clean up the Munlochy Clootie Well later this month (26 October 12noon-4pm) . The historic Black Isle site, which for centuries has received offerings from visitors looking for healing or for prayers to be answered, has begun to look a little worse for wear and needs revitalised. Maree Morrison, for the FLS team in ...

Fergus Ewing holding a copy of the Forestry and Land Scotland Corporate Plan in front of an electric car

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Plan for the future

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland’s commitment to care for Scotland’s national forests and land will be at the forefront of the Scottish Government’s drive to mitigate the impact of the global climate emergency. That was the message from Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, today (Wednesday 9 October) at the launch event for Forestry and Land Scotland’s first corporate plan. As well as reaf...

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Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre cafe re-opens

Thursday, 03 October 2019

A new tenant has taken over the running of the café at the Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre.  Forestry and Land Scotland made the announcement today (1 October) that Martin and Karen Donaldson trading as The Café at Clatteringshaws have signed the lease and will open up the café to the public on Monday 7th October. The announcement comes following a lengthy period of negotiation with inter...

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Lost farmstead or hidden distillery

Monday, 30 September 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland has digitally documented two ruined farmsteads near Loch Ard, in advance of harvesting – and investigated their possible use as a hidden distillery. Until recently the remains of the 18th century farmsteads of the Wee Bruach Caoruinn and the Big Bruach Caoruinn – including their large corn drying kilns – had lain hidden in Loch Ard forest. They were recorded by ...

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FLS peatland restoration gets £3 million boost

Friday, 27 September 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) ongoing efforts to restore former forestry plantation to peatland has been given a £3 million boost from the Peatland Action Fund and Scottish Government.  The funding, administered by Scottish Natural Heritage, is drawn from the Scottish Government’s £14 million investment in projects to restore degraded peatlands - a Programme for Government commitm...

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