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Aerial view of test field

Forestry project with global implications nominated for public service awards

Wednesday, 09 December 2020

A project that is gearing up to revolutionise tree nursery practices is a contender in next week’s Scottish Public Service Awards. Nominated for the Sustainability Award, TreeTape is a new system of germinating and planting young trees that will help increase the number of viable seedlings grown from seed. A development partnership between CivTech, Forestry and Land Scotland and Cumbria Tree G...

View of former coalfield site

Views sought on woodland creation plan for old opencast site

Monday, 07 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people in and around Shotts to take part in its development of a new Damside Land management Plan. The plan is concerned with a 480ha of former opencast coal mine site (1.5 km south of Shotts) that is situated between upland forestry and windfarms to the south, and mixed pastures and woodland to the north.   It focuses on new woodland creation – both...

Location map of affected forest

Campsie safety warning for visitors

Friday, 04 December 2020

With felling work to remove diseased trees in Campsie Glen starting w/c Dec 14th , local residents and visitors are being urged by Forestry and Land Scotland to heed all safety signage and follow the ‘Keep it Clean’ biosecurity advice. The site is one of several sites across Scotland that was recently confirmed as having Phytophthora ramorum – commonly referred to as P. ramorum – which at...

View of Glen Croe slopes from south end

Rest and Be Thankful Woodland Creation

Friday, 04 December 2020

Preparatory steps to get the hillside above the Rest and Be Thankful ready for woodland creation will begin later this month. Forestry and Land Scotland, which is working in partnership with Transport Scotland, is to start erecting deer fences that will protect the saplings of a range of tree species that are to be planted in to help maximise slope stability. Planting is intended to start in Sept...

Growing green takes care and patience

Thursday, 03 December 2020

While many organisations claim they take the ‘long view’ not many plan a century or two ahead - but Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) does just that in its work to plant the forests of the future. Marking National Tree Week 2020, FLS said that it is on course to have planted 25 million new trees by the end of this planting season. Tree planting on this scale is at the core of the organis...

View of hillside with diseased trees

Long-term push to contain tree disease in West Argyll

Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s West Region team is drawing up long-term emergency plans to deal with the substantial spread of tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum, which attacks larch trees. The steps are being taken as a results of this year’s national tree health survey revealed that the Region has 20 new sites where the disease has been confirmed. Of those, 12 have to be felled by the middle...

Christmas tree baubles and lights close up

Tyrebagger Christmas trees all booked up!

Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Tyrebagger Christmas Tree booking system has been so popular that all of the approximately 3000 slots were allocated in just over a week after going live. Introduced this year to help keep people safe and to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 transmission at the Tyrebagger sales centre (nr Aberdeen), the system required people to pre-book a time slot where they coul...

View of forest

Views sought on Corriedoo management plan

Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people in Dumfries and Galloway to take part in its development of a new Land Management Plan for Corriedoo – near St John’s Town of Dalry. The plan is concerned with 418ha of upland coniferous forest and focuses on sustainable timber production, increasing forest species diversity while also improving riparian connectivity. There are also proposals f...

Two boys with Christmas tree

FLS Christmas trees at Arran garden centre

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team on Arran has teamed up with a local garden centre to make sure that residents can still buy their locally gown Christmas trees. With FLS’s Brodick office closed and staff still working from home, it looked as though the team wouldn’t be able to invite local residents to come along and buy a Christmas trees this year. But the Cladach Garden Centre has stepp...

Fire-blackened and charred trees

Long, slow recovery for fire-damaged forest

Friday, 20 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging all forest visitors to avoid lighting fires when out and about in a forest after assessing that a fire-damaged habitat of international importance will take generations to recover. The plea comes as the FLS team in the north east weighs up the consequences of a three week long fire that affected Culbin Forest at the end of September. The man-made sand d...

Finished section of path

New path puts visitors' safety on new footing

Friday, 20 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is pushing ahead with work on a long awaited path at Glenmore that will help keep visitors to the area safe. With funding from the Cairngorms National Park Authority, FLS and SUSTRANS, FLS is carrying out the work on behalf of CNPA, which also secured the bulk of the funding for the £250,000 project from Visit Scotland’s (VS) Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF)....

long distance view of forest on low hills

Views sought on Dalmacallan management plan

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people in Dumfries to take part in the development of the Dalmacallan Land Management Plan. The plan is concerned with 701 ha of coniferous forest  situated 3 km south east of Moniaive and focuses on sustainable timber production, climate change mitigation and conservation enhancement. There are also proposals for changing the species mix in the forest...

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