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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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...

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...

Hunt for the elusive Inverness Twitcher

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

A rare moth that is thought to be unique to Glen Affric will be the focus of a survey this month (August 12th) – exactly 100 years to the day since the first recorded sighting of the species in the UK.First discovered in the glen near Fasnakyle on the 12th August 1919, Choreutis diana, known colloquially as the ‘Inverness Twitcher’, is a small day-flying moth that has only been seen sporadic...

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Help solve the problem of Scotland's wasted tree seed

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Meeting the challenges of growing more young trees from seed will significantly strengthen Scotland’s contribution to tackling the climate emergency. That’s the premise behind a new Scottish Government ‘Innovation Challenge’ offering research and development funding for ideas to improve the yield from Scotland’s existing seed stock. Forestry and Land Scotland has set out the challeng...

Carie bridge closed

Friday, 12 July 2019

A bridge offering a shortcut access to one of south Loch Rannoch’s best forest walks has been closed following a recent structural inspection. The Carie bridge, which lies just north of Forestry and Land Scotland’s Kilvrecht campsite, will remain closed until further notice. Fiona Robertson, area visitor services manager for FLS in the area, said; “Public safety is always our number one c...

Views sought on Clashindarroch management plan

Friday, 12 July 2019

Members of the public are invited to comment on a draft land management plan that Forestry and Land Scotland has prepared for the Clashindarroch area, south west of Huntly, Aberdeenshire. As well as including the Clashindaroch Forest, the plan covers Brown hill and the Darroch Wids sites of Coynachie, Merdrum and Black Middens and incorporates the recent acquisitions of Ittingstone, Culdrain and ...

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