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CATS Evaluation Panel members wanted to help further community empowerment

Monday, 07 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking for new panel members for its Communities Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). Launched in 2017 and following on from the success of the National Forest Land Scheme, the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) lets community bodies take on more direct responsibility for managing a parcel of Scotland’s national forest and land, where the community considers that it ...

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Lodge Forest Visitor Centre re-opens after two day closure

Friday, 04 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland has announced that the Lodge Forest Visitor, near Aberfoyle, will re-open on Saturday after a two day closure. The Visitor Centre in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park was closed on Thursday to effect a full deep clean after a member of the café team tested positive for Coronavirus. Sue Morris, FLS visitor services manager in the area, said; “The Lodge was closed on Wedne...

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FLS helping reintroduce species across the UK

Monday, 31 August 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s environment team is celebrating their role in yet another successful species reintroduction programme. Working in support of the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, FLS assisted in the sourcing and capture of one of the seven white tailed sea eagle chicks that Roy and his team re-homed in the Isle of Wight. The young bird - collected under a Scottish Natural Heritage...

A collage of various images of the Lodge over the past 60 years

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre - 60 years and counting!

Monday, 24 August 2020

One of Aberfoyle’s best known tourist attractions and a hub for visitors to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park has reached the grand age of 60! Forestry and Land Scotland’s Lodge Forest visitor centre first opened its doors in August 1960 as David Marshall Lodge – named after the 1950s chairman of the Carnegie UK Trust, which helped fund the construction of the lodge.  Originally intende...

A worker in high vis removes large metal trays full of plants from the back of a container

Forestry revolution

Friday, 21 August 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is attracting attention from across the forestry sector as it revolutionises tree nursery practices through new a mechanised process at the ‘grass roots’ level. FLS has been trialling a new ‘TreeTape’ technology that will help increase the number of viable seedlings grown from seed at Newton tree nursery near Elgin. This in turn will help ensure the continuit...

Scots pine cones

New seed stand planned for Perthshire

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in Perthshire is getting ready to establish a new seed stand that in decades to come will help sustain Scotland’s contribution to mitigating the Climate emergency – and conserve some remnant Caledonian Pine woods.  An existing Scots Pine seed stand already exists at Keillour but although this is still producing seeds, the more mature trees require more...

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Nature’s way gets a helping hand

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in Aberdeenshire has been giving nature a hand by re-spacing trees that have, through natural regeneration, started to repopulate a recently felled site.  The cleared site - in Gartly Forest – had begun to be re-seeded naturally from neighbouring trees, which although a welcome process, can result in germinated seeds growing too closely together…or too...

Relocated bridge

Make, do and mend – forestry ops saved by second-hand bridge

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

A washed out road in the South Loch Avich area threatened to derail essential harvesting work – until Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) civil engineers recycled a bridge!  Essential harvesting work has been carried out throughout lockdown in order to provide the timber supplies - used to make pallets, wood fuel pellets and face masks – that have supported the national COVID-19 effort. &...

Healthy larch trees

Boots on the ground help in tree disease hunt

Monday, 10 August 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is putting its shoulder to the wheel to help the national effort to control the spread of Phytophthora ramorum by carrying out surveys around the affected larch sites that it manages and across its significant areas of larch not known to be infected.   Phytophthora ramorum primarily kills larch trees and with no known cure, the only remedy to stop its further sprea...

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FLS’ work behind the scenes keeps COVID-19 effort on track

Tuesday, 04 August 2020

The constant supply of timber required to support the national COVID-19 effort has seen Forestry and Land Scotland’s civil engineering team hard at work to keep harvesting work on track. Harvesting was one of the few forestry activities permitted during lockdown because the timber produced was used to make pallets (for carrying essential goods around the country), protective face masks for fron...

A Scottish bog with white flowers on the banks

Forest to Bog restoration– Local success in Moray forest

Friday, 31 July 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) work to restore an Aberdeenshire peatland is already paying dividends with the successful establishment of a white carpet of bog cotton – and the arrival on site of peewits (lapwings) and curlews – species that are in serious decline across Scotland.  Increases in other bird species - such as stonechats, skylarks, and meadow pipits – have also ...

Foresters celebrating

Newton team sets seed sowing record

Monday, 20 July 2020

The Newton team: Back row (left to right )Richard Stockdale, Alan Begg, Paul Ettles; Middle row (left to right) Torsten Eckardt, George Renton; Front row Aleksandra Malesz Forestry and Land Scotland’s team at the Newton Tree Nursery (near Elgin) have caught up with their lockdown-delayed work and completed their seed sowing operations that will ensure a supply of future trees. When the ...

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