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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...

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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 ...

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...

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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. ...

artists view of new approach to forest

Major forestry works planned for Countesswells

Monday, 12 August 2019

If you are a regular visitor to Countesswells Woods then Forestry and Land Scotland’s Aberdeenshire team wants to hear your thoughts about the woodland’s future. Information events are being staged at Countesswells on Wednesday 14th and  Saturday 17th of August (10am - 4pm) ahead of major felling works later in the autumn that will see the carpark and all of the forest trails close for...

Man in forest

New interpretation posts at Reelig Glen

Thursday, 08 August 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland has installed a set of new family friendly interpretation posts in Reelig Glen which will quiz visitors on some of the tall trees, features and wildlife found in the popular woodland. Ten posts have been installed on the Tall Trees Trail which takes visitors around the atmospheric woodland, full of different majestic trees, mosses, burns and bustling wildlife. Each pos...

People sat on bench in forest

Forestry and Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry project named as finalist in Scotland’s Dementia Awards

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and Scottish Forestry have been shortlisted in Scotland’s Dementia Awards and named as a finalist in the Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative category for their Woodland Activity Programme in the Forth Valley. Winners will be announced on 18 September at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.Spanning 10 weeks, the Woodland Activity Programme helps those with ear...

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