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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...

Image of cloth offerings hanging from tree branches

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...

View of ruined building in middle of forest

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 ...

View over peat bog

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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Forestry project wins big in Scotland’s Dementia Awards

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

A 10-week Woodland Activity Programme that helps people with early stage dementia to take part in a variety of woodland crafts and activities has been awarded top honours in the Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2019. Organised by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and Scottish Forestry, the Forth Valley based project – a partnership with Alzheimer’s Scotland, NHS Forth Valley, Wheatlands Care Home,...

Mairi Gougeon, MSP

Minister urges forestry sector to follow FLS lead

Monday, 16 September 2019

Rural Affairs Minister, Mairi Gougeon has called on more forestry businesses to follow Forestry and Land Scotland’s lead and do more to encourage more young women in to STEM related roles in the sector. Ms Gougeon urged the industry to tap in to a latent pool of talent after hearing of the experience of four women whose summer placements with FLS allowed them to gain experience and develop thei...

Mysterious Glen Affric ‘Ent’ in running for tree of year award

Friday, 13 September 2019

A solitary and ancient elm tree – the only one of its kind in Glen Affric – has been nominated for this year’s Tree of the Year. The elm, the size of whose trunk suggests that it is over 300 years old, has stood, long-forgotten until a recent site visit in 2012 by local staff of Forestry and Land Scotland and Trees for Life. Looking like one of the tree-shepherds from Tolkien’s Lord of...

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Glencoe Lochan dam works mean access restrictions for visitors

Monday, 09 September 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising visitors to Glencoe Lochan that some access restriction will soon be in place so that work can be done to repair the dam spillway. Public access to the wider site will be maintained, with the car park and the Invercoe core path remaining open during the works. A new link path just below the main dam will also serve as a diversion and a new permanent part of ...

Action to halt tree disease means trail closures for Beinn Ghuilean

Monday, 09 September 2019

Urgent tree felling to help slow the spread of a deadly tree disease will mean access restrictions for Beinn Ghuilean Forest towards the end of September. The warning comes from the Forestry and Land Scotland team that looks after the site, following the confirmed presence of Phytophthora ramorum, a disease which primarily affects and kills larch trees. The impact of the disease can be deva...

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