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Lanarkshire and West Lothian community invited to help shape new woodland

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting the local community from Whitburn, Harthill, Fauldhouse and Longridge to come along discuss the area and help inform the design of a new woodland. The Polkemmet site was purchased by FLS in 2020 with the aim of establishing a new multipurpose woodland delivering timber production, carbon capture, biodiversity value, as well as community and social bene...

Busman’s holiday for Irish foresters

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’ north Region team last month played host to a group of foresters from Ireland who were on a two day fact-finding trip to share expertise on various aspects of modern forestry. The four-strong group from Coillte, Ireland’s state forest service, visited five sites and discussed issues ranging from restocking low fertility sites and pest control, to peatland restorati...

Call to help thwart criminals

Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in the central belt is asking members of the public to report any suspicious activity in local forests. The call comes after a number of incidents where padlocks have been broken and removed as a precursor, it is thought, to more serious criminal activity. Carol McGinnis, FLS Central Region manager, said; “We have had several instances recently of damage to...

Kilsture Forest management plan consultation

Thursday, 04 August 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting anyone with an interest in how Kilsture Forest is managed over the next 20 years to take part in a consultation and make their views known. Lying within the Machars, the 203ha Kilsture Forest is a relatively unexplored gem of a broadleaf woodland lying in the rural Machars. It is 18 km to the south of Newton Stewart and adjacent to the local communities of S...

Commercial forestry ‘shoulders the weight’ of carbon capture

Thursday, 28 July 2022

New research commissioned by Scottish Forestry offers evidence that commercial forestry will be the mainstay of climate emergency mitigation in Scotland’s push towards Net Zero. A recently published report, with work carried out by Forest Research, assesses different options for woodland creation and management from the perspective of carbon sequestration and a reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emiss...

Thermal imaging drones track deer numbers in woodland creation area

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is trialling the use of drone-captured thermal imaging technology to track deer numbers across 1000 hectares of enclosed conservation woodland around Loch Katrine. After an increase in reports of deer entering the enclosed area, FLS is now able to identify and monitor exact numbers in a bid to prevent damage to the regenerating young woodland.   The area sur...

Landscape-scale restoration project to transform Scotland’s Sutherland region

Thursday, 21 July 2022

A landscape scale restoration project that will see an old conifer forest transformed into a modern, ‘mosaic’ forest, starts in earnest this month. Located in a part of West Sutherland renowned for its mountainous landscapes made up of the oldest rocks in Europe, Forestry and Land Scotland’s West Sutherland land management plan  will restore blanket bog and plant new native woodland as...

Deer contracts success

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland have now  awarded its five-year, £25-31 million deer management tender for ten major regional contracts. The contracts will bring direct investment in communities across Scotland through the award of subcontracts, business up-scaling, the provision of training and apprenticeship opportunities.  Being in effect from the end July 2022 will also give contactors...

Huge effort to save larch

Friday, 15 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is to step up its efforts to manage the larch killing disease Phytophthora ramorum in a bid to get on the front foot in slowing the spread of the disease. First confirmed in Scotland in 2010 the fungus-like pathogen can affect Japanese, European and hybrid larch and over the past ten years, control measures have involved felling millions of trees across the country. Not...

Ten year plan for Kirroughtree Forest looking for feedback

Friday, 08 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people to offer their views on the development of a new Land Management Plan for Kirroughtree Forest.   Kirroughtree - the gateway to the beautiful Galloway Forest Park – is renowned for its visitor centre, walking trails and wildlife and, as one of the world class 7stanes mountain bike venues, its superb variety of MtB trails. The site also enc...

Locals invited to find out about plans for forest around Loch Goil

Thursday, 07 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is holding a drop in event at Lochgoilhead Village Hall (Wed 20 July, 3pm – 7pm) to give local residents the opportunity to find out how felling plans will affect forests in the area. FLS’ local team is having to manage several Statutory Plant Health Notices (SPHN’s), that require trees affected by the disease, Phytophthora Ramorum, to be felled before the ...

Lanarkshire community invited to help shape new woodland

Thursday, 07 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting the local community from Hartwood, Allanton and Shotts to come along discuss the area and help inform the design of a new woodland. Hartwood Home Farm was purchased by FLS in 2020 with the aim of establishing a new multipurpose woodland delivering timber production, carbon capture, biodiversity value, as well as community and social benefits. FLS is n...