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Storm Clean-up: Many of our forests, especially in the east and south of Scotland, remain closed. Please plan ahead and check online before visiting.

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FLS launches new Acquisition Strategy

Monday, 20 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has launched a new Acquisition Strategy to buy land to boost Climate Emergency mitigation efforts. The strategy is underpinned by a Scottish Government investment of £30 million into a Low Carbon Investment Fund, and the transfer of £9 million residual funds from the old woodland creation programme into a new Strategic Acquisition Fund (SAF). The new strategy w...


Newts and toads given a helping hand at former mine site

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Newts and toads are being given a helping hand this winter on a former open cast coalmine in Fife, thanks to work to build artificial, winter hibernation homes for the threatened species. The Blairhouse project is part of a drive by Forestry and Land Scotland to repurpose a number of brownfield sites, while locking up carbon and improving the environment for protected species and people. Working...

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FLS launch five-year deer management tender

Friday, 10 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland has today (10 Dec 2021) released a five year deer management tender that underlines its commitment to improving and enhancing its sustainable management of Scotland’s National Forests and Land. The tender follows the recent launch of FLS’s Climate Change Plan that outlines steps the organisation will take to help Scotland reach Net Zero and respond to the biodiversi...

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Forestry and Land Scotland's Visitor Centres open

Friday, 10 December 2021

Most of Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Visitor Centres, cafes, bike shops and recreation providers across south Scotland are open for business as per their usual winter opening hours. However, members of the public are still being advised that the trails and forests around the Centres in south Scotland, are closed for public safety Anyone planning to visit a Visitor Centre should check the...

Minister with FLS regional manager

Forestry and Land Scotland Climate Change Plan launched

Tuesday, 07 December 2021

Environment Minister, Mairi McAllan, today welcomed the launch of Forestry and Land Scotland’s Climate Change Plan. Centred on the themes of Adapt, Reduce, Capture the plan outlines how FLS will boost its contribution to Scotland’s response to the global climate emergency. As well as highlighting actions that FLS has already implemented, it illustrates how FLS will enhance how it manages Sco...

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Forestry and Land Scotland begins to open forests to visitors in the north and west

Monday, 06 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is beginning to open up some of the national forests to visitors after Storm Arwen hit at the end of November.   But it is also advising that many forests will remain closed as more high winds over the next few days increase the risk of more falling trees in vulnerable, storm battered forests. Simon Hodgson, FLS Chief Executive, said: “It is a mammoth task but ...

Deer at night

Avoid deer in the headlights as the nights draw in

Thursday, 02 December 2021

At this time of year and as more people will be driving in the dark, Forestry and Land Scotland is urging drivers to be extra alert to wild deer on the roads.  Wild deer numbers in Scotland have reached record levels at 1 million – double the amount recorded in 1990 – and the consequent danger of deer-related road traffic accidents is predicted to rise.  Forestry and Land Scotland p...

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Forecast winds bring another warning from Forestry and Land Scotland

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

With forecasts of more high gusts of wind over the next few days, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has repeated its plea to north and east Scotland residents to stay away from its forests. As the organisation continues to assess the levels of damage that Storm Arwen inflicted on Scotland’s national forests and land, the organisation’s team in the area is warning of the significant risks to pu...

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Public urged to stay away from forests after Storm Arwen

Monday, 29 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging members of the public to stay away from its forests. The call comes in the wake of Storm Arwen as the organisation continues to assess the levels of damage to Scotland’s national forests and land and the associated risks to public safety. Early indications are that forests across the country – particularly east coast sites - have been affected to some deg...

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New Gaelic Language Plan out for consultation

Monday, 29 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland has launched a consultation on its draft Gaelic Language Plan 2022 – 2027. It aims to continue the work started under the previous plan both to recognise and promote the use and value of Gaelic and promote a Gaelic ethos throughout its work. FLS Chief Executive, Simon Hodgson, said; “Gaelic is an important part of Scotland's heritage, national identity and cu...

baby trees

Tree Nursery marks 90th anniversary and prepares for future climate challenges

Monday, 22 November 2021

Forestry & Land Scotland’s (FLS) Newton Nursery marks its 90th anniversary this year and will double in size, boosting overall capacity within Scotland’s tree nursery sector which is essential to delivering Scotland’s Climate Emergency response. Newton nursery currently grows seven million of the 25 million trees that FLS plants in Scotland each year but through leasing a further 70 hec...

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FLS Christmas Tree Sales Centre gives way to Masterplan work

Friday, 19 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising that there will be no Glentress Christmas Tree Sales Centre this year. With the first phase of work on the Glentress Masterplan underway there will unfortunately be no suitable location for the sales centre at the site this year. Lynne Mitchell from the FLS local team said; “The first step in the Masterplan is the demolition of some old buildings and cle...