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Local residents asked for their views on Cologin Forest plan

Friday, 04 February 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting anyone living in and around Oban to give their views on a proposed ten-year management plan for Cologin Forest (2 miles south of Oban). The new plan sets out how FLS intends to manage the woodland maintain timber supplies, diversify tree species to enhance the landscape and to carry out peatland restoration work.  Work has already begun on a new ...

Access to Glentress

Glentress ground work gets under way

Monday, 31 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising road users that traffic management measures will be in place at Glentress from approximately 14 February to 7 March. Temporary traffic lights will be in place as work is carried out to improve the access from the A72 and make it easier to get into and out of the site. The traffic management will be in place at all times during this period but traffic levels...

Storm damage

Visitors urged to avoid forests during Storm Malik

Friday, 28 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is asking people to avoid the east coast forests it manages while a Met Office amber storm warning is in effect. The warning for Storm Malik warns of potential wind speeds of 80mph on Saturday 29 January from 7 am until mid-afternoon. Trefor Owen, FLS Director of Land Management, said; “Everyone has seen the impact of Storm Arwen and is aware of how much damage stro...

Harvester clearing trail

Steady progress being made in Arwen recovery at recreation sites

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is making steady progress in clearing storm damage from trails and mountain biking routes across south Scotland. With many recreational facilities and trails now open, FLS is about to start phase II of the clear up work tackling some of the worst hit locations. Martin Page, FLS’ South Region Visitor Services Manager, said; “We’ve made safe a lot of the easier to...

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Feedback sought on ten-year management plan for Patna forest

Monday, 24 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Patna village to offer their views on the development of a revised Land Management Plan for Patna forest.   The forest, which is made up of two adjacent woodlands and covers an area the size of around 700 football pitches, is to the west of Patna on the A713 between Dalmellington and Ayr and is mostly conifer forest - with so...

cleared carpark

Bennachie Visitor Centre trails re-open

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has cleared the Bennachie Visitor Centre car park in Aberdeenshire a week earlier than had been expected and made most of the trails accessible. Two long-distance trails remain closed from Bennachie Centre. The latest updates for other Bennachie sites are on FLS website. Fiona Robertson, FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, said; “The trails around the Bennachie Centr...

windblow

Slow but steady – and safely - for forest clear up

Monday, 17 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) post-Arwen clear-up work has seen the re-opening of the carpark at Bennachie Visitor Centre but the FLS team in the area is warning that other woodlands will take longer to re-open. Members of the public are being specifically advised to check the FLS website before visiting because access to Glenn Doll, Tentsmuir and the woodlands around Aberdeen is limited. ...

chainsaw

Reckless ‘amateur Lumberjacks’ doing more harm than good

Friday, 14 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has urged amateur lumberjacks who are venturing in to forests to cut up windblown trees to stay at home and leave the job to the professionals. The call comes as staff in one Region liaise with Police Scotland about one individual who was caught with a chainsaw, cutting storm damaged trees without any safety gear, without any authorisation or any understanding of ...

blocked carpark

Work ongoing to open up Bennachie Visitor Centre carpark

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) team in Aberdeenshire aims to re-open the visitor carpark at the Bennachie Visitor Centre later this month – on a temporary basis. Clearing the extensive Storm Arwen damage at the Centre is going to take some time but FLS is aiming to provide temporary access to the trails and hill by Friday 21 January. Justin Livesey, FLS’ Regional Visitor Services manag...

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Ben A’an carpark works completed

Wednesday, 05 January 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has completed its expansion of the car park at Ben A’an. Supported by the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, the work is one element of the Trossachs Visitor Management Project and has seen 26 new spaces added and the entire car park given a new stone surface. The increase in capacity will help to reduce traffic related issues caused by large numbers o...

Tree tubes

Bio-degradable tree shelters a new option for FLS

Monday, 03 January 2022

Following up on one of its Climate Change Plan commitments to reduce its plastic waste, Forestry and Land Scotland is introducing biodegradable tree shelters. The step comes after FLS’ procurement team held discussions with shelter supplier, Cheviot Trees, on finding ways of becoming more sustainable, particularly on finding environmentally friendly alternatives to single-use, plastic tree shel...

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New woodland survey shows strong support for more woodlands in Highlands

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Eight in 10 people polled recently agreed that there should be more forestry planted in the Scottish Highlands. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) which is looking to expand national forests in the region, commissioned the survey of 1000 people [see notes]. Some of the key findings are: Over 80% agreed the Highlands should be reforested and over 78% of people say more should be done to support the...