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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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Campsie Glen biosecurity call

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging visitors to Campsie Glen to follow the biosecurity ‘Keep it Clean’ advice and help slow the spread of a deadly tree disease. The Glen is one of several sites across Scotland that has recently been confirmed as having Phytophthora ramorum – commonly referred to as P. ramorum – which attacks and kills larch trees. The FLS team in the area is now working...

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Consultation open on Creetown woodlands

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Anyone with an interest in how Forestry and Land Scotland’s Creetown LMP area, around 8 km south east of Newton Stewart, is managed over the next 20 years is invited to take part in a consultation and give their views. This next generation Land Management Plan includes details of how FLS intends to manage the site until 2030, and gives a direction of travel for the following 10 years to 2040. ...

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Major forest cabins planning application approved

Friday, 09 October 2020

Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary, Fergus Ewing, today welcomed the news that a major £12m tourism development has been given the go-ahead by The Highland Council. The Forest Holidays proposal for 50 eco-sensitive holiday cabins at Leanachan Forest - part of the Forestry and Land Scotland 20-year, £25million Nevis Forest Master Plan – will supplement and complement the existing holiday offe...

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New Head of Harvesting Support for FLS

Friday, 02 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland has appointed a Head of Harvesting Support to provide strategic direction and practical support to FLS staff, partner organisations and customers on timber harvesting in order to achieve efficiencies within the forestry sector. Mark Crowley, who has enjoyed a career in forestry since graduating from Aberdeen University in 1996, will take up the newly created role at the...

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Long-term push to contain tree diseases in Cowal

Thursday, 01 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Central Region team is drawing up long-term emergency plans to deal with the substantial spread of tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum, which attacks larch trees. The steps are being taken as a results of this year’s national tree health survey revealed that the Region has 120 potential new sites where the disease has been suspected - with 80 of them being in the C...

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Innovative tree tape system trial a ‘phenomenal’ success

Friday, 25 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) full scale field trials of a revolutionary new seed propagation and planting system have proved to be a huge success – achieving an almost 2000 percent increase in per person productivity compared with conventional methods. The trial at the FLS Newton Nursery (near Elgin), featured a new system called 'TreeTape', a modification of leading vegetable...

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Invitation to step outside – and visit a green oasis

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people to come and visit a local forest and get the maximum benefit of a walk, run, cycle or wheel in the woods.   The invitation comes after new COVID-19 restrictions on visiting people at home came into effect.  Simon Hodgson, FLS Chief Executive, said;  “Not visiting friends and family at home for the moment is undoubtedly a difficult b...

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Dalbeattie Forest restrictions in place as forest operations begin

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising forest visitors to observe all safety signage and diversion signage when felling work begins in Dalbeattie forest at the end of this month (28 Sept). The work, which will affect an extensive area (18ha), is part of the local team’s planned commercial harvesting programme. Lesley Smith, FLS Communities & Communications Manager, for the area, said; “...

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Tweed Valley Forest Park zonings aim to increase everyone’s enjoyment

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking to help improve everyone’s enjoyment, minimise any future user conflicts and improve the natural environment in the Tweed Valley forests by setting out zones for different activities. The move is intended to support responsible access from mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders and to promote greater mutual understanding and consideration of other forest...

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High hopes for second Highland ‘Tree of the Year’

Friday, 11 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s North Region team is urging everyone to vote – before noon on 24 September - for another highland stalwart to become Woodland Trust Scotland's Tree of the Year 2020. The Lord President’s Oak, which stands in the middle of a railway bridge, is in the heart of Culloden forest and on the path to the famous St Mary’s Clootie Well. Laura McNally, FLS Area Visito...

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Cuckoo of the ant world rediscovered at Inshriach

Thursday, 10 September 2020

A partnership project in the Cairngorms National Park that seeks to secure habitat protection and improvements for six rare invertebrate species, has discovered shining guest ants in Inshriach Forest – after a four year gap! Last recorded at the Forestry and Land Scotland managed site in 2016, the rediscovery of the ants – and their appearance at three new sites across the National Park – p...

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