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Tracks on machine

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 ...

view through trees

New Civ Tech challenge from FLS - better forest measurement

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland has launched an exciting funding opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and innovators - to come up with ways to better analyse and measure forest trees. A better understanding of the properties and quality of the timber in different areas of forest will improve the efficiency of harvesting operations. As well as making it easier to identify forest blocks that offer a ...

Family with young child and all wearing cycling helmets

FLS leisure and recreation sites open for business

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

As Scotland’s tourism sector officially re-starts under the Scottish Government’s Phase 3 route map measures, Forestry and Land Scotland has pulled out all the stops to support the sector’s recovery and opened its visitor facilities across the country. After a Herculean effort to carry out all of the necessary health and safety checks, 95 percent of car parks, almost all visitor centres and...

Trees felled on steep ground

Steep ground felling skills ensure river protection

Friday, 10 July 2020

The Forestry and Land Scotland team behind the steep ground felling along the Loch Ness-side A82 is keeping its hand in as the programme is adjusted after COVID-19 lockdown. No felling will take place beside the A82 this year because time will now be given over to catching up on the design and installation of the safety fences needed to keep road users safe in the unlikely event of any mishap.&nb...

Mountain view

Multi-agency plea for people to act responsibly and take their litter home

Wednesday, 08 July 2020

With the COVID-19 five mile travel restriction now lifted, Forestry and Land Scotland has been joined by land managers, environmental experts and campaigners in calling on the Scottish public to help prevent a repeat of the recent shameful scenes of littering. FLS has called for more responsible behaviour – and for members of the public to remember that while many car parks and beauty sp...

Little tree saplings coming our of a pile of dirt in a nursery plantation

Seed-coat challenge solution a forestry game-changer

Monday, 06 July 2020

A Scottish Government Civ Tech Challenge launched by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has helped create an award winning business that could benefit forestry around the world. The FLS challenge – to find a way of improving the chances of tree seed surviving and germinating to produce the seedlings that will sustain the ongoing success of Scotland’s £1bn forestry sector – met with a huge re...

Campsite at Glenmore

Camping in the Forest decision “totally unacceptable” says Ewing

Friday, 03 July 2020

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has branded the decision by Camping in the Forest (CiTF) to keep all their campsites closed for the remainder of the year as “totally unacceptable”. Scottish Ministers own Scotland’s national forests and land, with Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) managing it on their behalf, with the three campsites leased to CiTF, a business owned by the Camping and Ca...

Dad carrying wee girl on shoulders while walking through woodland

Forest car parks set for phased re-opening

Thursday, 02 July 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is starting to open its forest car parks from Friday 3 July onwards, in line with current Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance. The re-opening will be carried out on a phased basis which will allow the majority of FLS car parks across the country to welcome back visitors. At this stage, most of the larger visitor centres and their parking facilities will remai...

Excavator in peat bog

Peatland work resumes in North Highland

Monday, 29 June 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s peatland restoration work at the 30ha  Meall an Lochain site in Benmore Forest (Sutherland) has resumed as the organisation restarts its work programmes in line with the Forestry Sector Restart and Resilience Plan. As the organisation’s staff begin to get back to work with new, safe-working practices, FLS has prioritised activities such as wildlife management...

Glentress Masterplan Document

Glentress Masterplanning process an example of ‘how it should be done’

Friday, 26 June 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) approach to creating a master plan for development at Glentress has been hailed as an example of ‘how it should be done’. The FLS case study is one of 11 in a new Scottish Land Commission report that highlights the many benefits of greater community involvement in the early stages of development proposals. Benefits include helping to produce better places...