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New electric vehicles for forestry agencies

Friday, 05 March 2021

The latest batch of electric vehicles for use by the Scottish Government’s forestry agencies has been delivered, eight Kia ENiro’s cars and three Nissan eNV200 light commercial vans. Purchase of the eleven new, zero-emission vehicles was made possible through the Transport Scotland’s Switched on Fleets & Infrastructure 20/21 Funding, and is a step towards Forestry and Land Scotland and ...

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Public asked to help stop Cow Hill vandals

Friday, 19 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Fort William team is hoping to tap in to local community spirit to deal with anti-social behaviour and vandalism at its Cow Hill Trail.  They are asking anyone with information about recent environmental damage at the site to contact Police Scotland on 101.  David John Robertson, FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, said;   “Cow Hill is an incredibl...

View of site before remediation

Latest 're-green' of former coal site in Central Scotland

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Work to convert former open cast coalfield sites into new areas of forest will get off to a flying start in 2021 as Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) starts work at Damside.  The 475ha (1174-acre) site, (1.5km south of Shotts) which has been remediated and restored by Hargreaves Environmental Services, is bounded by upland forestry and windfarms to the south, and mixed pastures and woodland t...

imagined view of hillside in 30 years time

Helicopter help for Rest & Be Thankful fencing

Monday, 15 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is advising road users that there will be some traffic management on the A83 at Glen Croe later this month (25th and 26th Feb) as the next phase of the long-term slope stabilisation project gets underway.  The woodland creation project at the Rest & Be Thankful is a partnership project between FLS, Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, that aims to contri...

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South West Fife Forests Management Plan Consultation

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is looking for feedback on a draft land management plan for ten of its forests in South West Fife. The forests are Devilla, Balgownie, Tulliallan; Gartarry, East Grange, Lockshaw Moss, Middle Grange, Shiremill, Cadgerford and Muirside.  The draft plan sets out how FLS intends to balance the production of high quality timber, with protecting and enhancing f...

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Management plan consultation for former dairy farm

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is looking for feedback on its draft plans for Lewinside, a former dairy farm in South Lanarkshire, 3 km (just under 2 miles) south of Forth. The 65 hectare site wraps around Winnyknowe Wood, which is to the southeast, and is bordered by mixed agricultural land, and Mouse Water to the west. The draft plan sets out how FLS intends to focus on new woodland creation...

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A82 traffic management returns with steep ground felling programme

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising members of the public and road users that it is to reintroduce traffic management on the A82 as it prepares to resume its long-term felling work in October this year.  The highly challenging Steep Ground Felling Programme aims to clear mature and potentially unstable conifers from the steep slopes along the A82, and so removing the risk of them being bl...

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Snow joke! 

Thursday, 11 February 2021

With school mid-term approaching (15-17 Feb) and the recent snow falls making people keener than ever to get out and about for some exercise, Forestry and Land Scotland’s Glenmore team is reminding people that they should stay local and not travel far. The call comes as skiers and snow-boarders flock to the slopes in the area and create ‘log-jams’ of inappropriately parked cars that increas...

Timber stacks at base of mountain

Beinn Ghuilean Felling Complete

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is asking members of the public to continue to observe site safety signage at Beinn Ghuilean even though felling work was completed on schedule in January. The felling work was carried out to tackle the tree disease Phytophthora ramorum and was completed last month despite delays arising from lockdown and the impact of COVID-19. Although the majority of the felled timb...

log stack pine marten den

Foresters' building skills await pine marten approval

Wednesday, 03 February 2021

Native woodland restoration work near Dunkeld has created a win-win for trees and for some local pine martens – who have the chance to move in to a ready-made den.  Working with contractors to restore Ladywell Wood – an Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland - Forestry and Land Scotland’s Perthshire team has been removing some Sitka spruce that were crowding out some native broadleaves.  ...

View of cotton grass growing on restored site

World Wetlands Day - Restoring a globally important habitat

Tuesday, 02 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) ongoing work to restore a globally important habitat is being celebrated as part of World Wetlands Day (2 Feb). Blanket bog is a type of habitat found on peatland soils in cool, wet upland areas in maritime climates. It covers 23 per cent of Scotland’s land area and is rarely found elsewhere in the world. In the past, its importance as a carbon sink and as ...

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Forest operations require heightened public vigilance 

Monday, 01 February 2021

Local residents and visitors are being reminded by Forestry and Land Scotland to be extra vigilant when visiting Corlarach woods now that felling to remove diseased trees is underway.  The site is one of several sites across Scotland that was recently confirmed as having Phytophthora ramorum – commonly referred to as P. ramorum – which attacks and kills larch trees.&n...

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