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Local feedback invited on Heart of Scotland forests plan

Wednesday, 09 March 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting anyone living across North Lanarkshire to give their views on a proposed ten-year management plan for the Heart of Scotland Forests. Woodland areas covered by the plan include Rawyards, Chapelhall, Dunsyston, Wester Moffat, Eastfield and Arns/Fannyside. Key considerations in the plan include the creation of peatland habitat, controlling the spread of ...

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FLS flags up Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Tuesday, 08 March 2022

Young people from a wide range of backgrounds are applying their newly acquired skills to careers in forestry thanks to Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) apprenticeships programme.  FLS is supporting 40 apprenticeships (spanning Trees and Timber, Mechanical Engineering Services, Procurement, Finance and Data Science, Business Admin.), and which include seven Mid-Year Forestry students who...

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Canterbury Tales to Conifer Trees: a 500-mile journey into forestry

Tuesday, 08 March 2022

After the devastating effects of this winter’s storms and in a bid to restore Scotland’s woodland, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is calling on people to consider a career in forestry though their modern apprenticeship programme. The huge clearance effort requires a bigger workforce, and so FLS is currently recruiting for a number of key apprenticeship roles, with the opportunity to learn a...

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Exciting future for Camping in The Forest

Tuesday, 01 March 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and Forestry England have committed to a new direction for Camping in The Forest (CiTF) by acquiring the business from The Camping and Caravanning Club. The move follows positive discussions between the three parties, which enables FLS and Forestry England to buy the controlling shareholding of 72% from the Club. It will enable each country to separately manage it...

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Public cooperation and understanding will help forest clear-up

Friday, 25 February 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has asked people to use common sense in relation to any visits to the storm damaged forests it manages. With forests in the East of Scotland battered by half a dozen storms since the end of last year, FLS has been working as quickly as is safely possible to clear fallen trees from roads and its huge network of paths and cycle trails. As far as possible, FLS is ca...

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Common sense call as South Scotland forest clear-up continues

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

With the clear-up of storm damage in some forests in South Scotland likely to continue for months, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is asking members of the public to use their common sense when visiting local woodlands. Although some access routes continue to be closed for safety reasons, many are now open and ready for the welcome return of visitors. The latest information on forests in the ar...

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NatureScot award for riparian restoration project

Monday, 21 February 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has been awarded a £25,000 grant by NatureScot to for riparian enhancement work on the Garple Burn, which lies on the northern edge of Galloway Forest Park. The Nature Restoration Fund award will see non-native conifer removed from the banks of the burn (approx. 5ha total) and make it a more attractive habitat for salmon and trout.   The work will also have a kno...

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Pine martens drafted in to fight grey squirrel incursion

Friday, 18 February 2022

Artificial pine marten dens are being installed in forests along the east coast of Scotland and the A9 corridor to try to halt the advance of grey squirrels. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) plans to install over 30 pine marten dens along the grey squirrel migration routes in a bid to protect red squirrels. For the first time, grey squirrels are being found north of Dunkeld in Tayside and moving...

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New forest safety warning

Monday, 14 February 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is asking people across the central belt and south Scotland to not venture into forests it manages during storms that are expected later this week. The Met office has issued an amber warning for Storm Dudley - 18:00 on Wednesday to 09:00 on Thursday – which is expected to bring gusts of up to 90 mph in coastal and upland areas. Further high winds are expected when St...

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Black Grouse habitat boost

Friday, 11 February 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s efforts to help the Black Grouse population in south Ayrshire have received a £30,000 boost from NatureScot’s Nature Restoration Fund. The award will fund the removal of non-native conifer from 35ha of land at a site close to Loch Bradan in Galloway Forest Park, which will help to keep the area open and sustain it as a lekking site – one of the largest in the a...

With the clear-up of storm damage in forests in Aberdeen and across Adberdeenshire likely to continue for months, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is asking members of the public to use their common sense when visitingiew of felled trees

Common sense call as Aberdeenshire forest clear-up continues

Wednesday, 09 February 2022

With the clear-up of storm damage in forests in Aberdeen and across Aberdeenshire likely to continue for months, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is asking members of the public to use their common sense when visiting local forests. Although some forests continue to be closed for safety reasons, others are slowly beginning to see a return of visitors. The latest information on forests in th...

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Puck’s Glen closes for three weeks as diseased trees removed

Tuesday, 08 February 2022

Pucks Glen car park and all trails leading from it are to close for three weeks from 14th February to allow the safe felling and extraction of trees infected with Phytophthora ramorum around the gorge. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is closing the site both to ensure public safety and to carry out the required work and restore access in time for the Easter holidays. Phytophthora ramorum, ...