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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...

Award winners group with certificate

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...

Man by tree

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...

spillway seen from teh bottom looking uphill

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 ...

Forested hillside

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...

view of Loch Morlich beach and mountains

Loch Morlich’s Beach Award one of the best yet

Thursday, 05 September 2019

Local Forestry and Land Scotland staff in Glenmore have thanked visitors to Loch Morlich for being instrumental in the site winning a 2019 Beach Award earlier this year. Organised by the Keep Scotland Beautiful charity, the awards assess all of Scotland’s main visitor beaches against thirty criteria that look at information provision, water quality, beach safety, beach management, facilities an...

Fergus Ewing with pine cone

Bumper seed crop underpins climate emergency effort

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, today (Tuesday 27 Aug) joined Forestry and Land Scotland staff to collect a valuable Scottish resource – tree seeds. In a bumper year for cones and tree seed, it is estimated that the available Sitka spruce seed for collection in FLS seed orchards could be valued in the region of over £2 million. Mr Ewing joined the FLS cone gatherers at the Ledmore se...

cartoon workpeople figures prmoting event date

Businesses in North encouraged to find out about working with the public sector

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking forward to meeting current and potential new contractors next week (4 Sept 10am-4pm) at a free ‘Meet the Buyer North’ event being staged at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore. Organised by the Supplier Development Programme, in partnership with Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the event offers businesses in the North of Scotl...

Tree showing symptoms of disease

Corlarach access restrictions to tackle tree disease

Friday, 16 August 2019

Public being urged to ‘stay safe’ and ‘keep it clean’ for duration of felling activity An extensive programme of felling and woodland site closures is planned across Corlarach Forest near Dunoon from September, following an outbreak of a tree disease that affects Larch trees. Phytophthora Ramorum is a tree disease that has been present in Scotland for many years and can’t be eradicated...

Female mountain bikers

Mountain bike trail names to be changed

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is renaming some sections of its mountain bike trails in a move to promote the sport as an activity for all. Highlighting that everyone is welcome to enjoy riding their mountain bike trails, the FLS move is in line with developments in the sport, and chimes with customer and stakeholder views that some trail section names do not reflect the ethos of inclusion. ...

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