Thursday, 02 July 2020
Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is starting to open its forest car parks from Friday 3 July onwards, in line with current Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance.
The re-opening will be carried out on a phased basis which will allow the majority of FLS car parks across the country to welcome back visitors.
At this stage, most of the larger visitor centres and their parking facilities will remai...
Monday, 29 June 2020
Forestry and Land Scotland’s peatland restoration work at the 30ha Meall an Lochain site in Benmore Forest (Sutherland) has resumed as the organisation restarts its work programmes in line with the Forestry Sector Restart and Resilience Plan.
As the organisation’s staff begin to get back to work with new, safe-working practices, FLS has prioritised activities such as wildlife management...
Friday, 26 June 2020
Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) approach to creating a master plan for development at Glentress has been hailed as an example of ‘how it should be done’.
The FLS case study is one of 11 in a new Scottish Land Commission report that highlights the many benefits of greater community involvement in the early stages of development proposals.
Benefits include helping to produce better places...
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Forestry and Land Scotland’s team at the Newton Tree Nursery (near Elgin) has started back to work sowing seed to grow the trees of the future that will be urgently required as forestry resumes its climate emergency planting.
With national guidance in place to help the forestry sector emerge out of lockdown, the Newton team has been amongst the first FLS outdoor staff to resume work, bene...
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is appealing for help from the people of Campbeltown to keep a felling site at Beinn Ghuilean safe.
The call comes ahead of the resumption of tree felling work (29 June) at Beinn Ghuilean – and is in response to vandalism at the site, which has seen some of the safety signage and barriers at the site removed or destroyed.
Vandalised safety barriers and signage
Monday, 22 June 2020
Cuningar Loop, the urban woodland park in the heart of Glasgow has proved a real boon to local residents looking for lockdown exercise.
Ideally situated for residents of Parkhead, Bridgeton and Rutherglen, the park has had a positive impact on the local area in the four years it has been open – but has proved its worth in the COVID-19 health crisis.
Paige Klinkman, area Visitor Services Manage...
Thursday, 18 June 2020
A new method of restoring sand dunes to their pristine and natural condition is being trialed by Forestry and Land Scotland at Morrich More, a site near Tain in East Sutherland.
The project aims to remove trees – planted decades ago in a misguided attempt to help prevent dune erosion – and create the conditions that will allow dune vegetation to once more take hold and allow natural processes...
Monday, 15 June 2020
Plans for a £6m project to redevelop the Scottish Crannog Centre on the north shore of Loch Tay are one step closer to being realised, thanks to Forestry and Land Scotland’s Community Asset Transfer Scheme.
The project includes plans for multiple crannogs that will become the focal point of a new state-of-the-art museum.
Scottish Crannog Centre MD, Mike Benson, said;
“Over the past 20 year...
Friday, 05 June 2020
An innovative prototype system for automating tree seed planting and propagation has been hailed as a saviour for Scotland’s tree planting programme impacted by COVID-19
The new system emerged as a response to an open competition - run by the Scottish Government’s CivTech programme in 2019 on behalf of Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) - that challenged companies to find new ways to make bette...
Wednesday, 03 June 2020
A European Protected Species – the endangered Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) - has been given a boost at its most northerly UK outpost thanks to Forestry and Land Scotland’s creation of a pondscape in a Strathpeffer woodland.
Created over the course of around four years with the advice and guidance of local experts, Katie O’Brien and her father David, the ‘pondscape’ dev...
Tuesday, 02 June 2020
Anyone with an interest in how Forestry and Land Scotland’s Glenwhan site, around 9 km east of Stranraer, is managed over the next 20 years is invited to take part in a consultation and give their views.
This third generation Land Management Plan being developed for the site includes details of how FLS intends to manage the site until 2030, as well as indicative plans for the 10 years aft...
Tuesday, 02 June 2020
Urgent forestry work required at Puck’s Glen will mean that all access will be stopped – except for the Big Tree trail, which will also have some diversions in place.
Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is advising the public that felling to tackle an outbreak of tree disease Phytophthora ramorum at Upper Puck’s Glen, (near Dunoon) next month will see the Black Gates trail closed. E...