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Felling on Arran to remove diseased Ash trees

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 fallin...

New ideas for making the most of Scotland's tree seed

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...

Panoramic view of Beinn Ghuilean

Work to halt tree disease at Beinn Ghuilean starts in New Year

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; ...

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Award winning mental health programme travels half way round the world!

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...

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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 ...

Pipistrelle bat being handled as it is measured

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...

Windblown tree caught up in other branches

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 ...

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