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Wallace's House - FLS survey maps potential site of William Wallace fort

Monday, 04 May 2020

An unusual archaeological survey by Forestry and Land Scotland has added a new chapter to an old story – of a hidden fort built by William Wallace.  The Dumfriesshire site is recorded in The New Statistical Account of Scotland (3) (published 1834-1845) as the location of a small fort occupied by Sir William Wallace – a hidden stronghold from which Wallace and his 16 men-at-arms would ‘...

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FLS building repurposed as community hub for COVID effort

Friday, 01 May 2020

A former visitor centre in Ardgartan that has been out of use for some time has been re-purposed…as a food bank distribution point to support the community in Arrochar and Tarbet.  Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) building, which have been unused and vacant for almost ten years, were due to be occupied by a new tenant – local Councillor, Iain Paterson - in time for the visitor s...


New business support from FLS to keep essential timber supplies flowing

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has commended Forestry and Land Scotland’s move to help suppliers weather the COVID-19 lockdown and ensure that essential timber supplies will continue to support frontline healthcare workers.  Working in the spirit of Scottish Government’s supplier relief policies, FLS’s procurement, civil engineering and local teams have developed a system of ...

Helicopter waterbombing fire line

FLS urges public to heed fire safety warnings

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

As the extreme fire risk warning continues across Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging all members of the public to observe wildfire prevention guidance to avoid putting the emergency services under unnecessary pressure.  The call comes as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service tackles a spate of wildfires – including ten over the last two weeks on land managed by FLS.  ...

cartoon image of mesolithic flint knappers

Call for budding artists to create Mesolithic maps

Monday, 27 April 2020

Young, budding artists have been offered the chance to become a character in new artwork created to support Forestry and Land Scotland’s Into the Wildwoods learning resource – by drawing their own Mesolithic map. The two lucky artists – apprentice Mesolithic Map Makers – will be turned into a cartoon illustration and make their own appearance in the distant past. Their maps will also be ...

Structural works on forest road

A83 minor delay as suppliers hit by COVID-19

Friday, 24 April 2020

 Forestry and Land Scotland has advised that there is likely to be a one week delay in reopening both lanes of the A83 at the Rest & Be Thankful.  Work to complete a catch-pit at the bottom of the landslip that occurred in January, has been delayed as some materials suppliers have shut down in compliance with COVID-19 guidance.   FLS Planning Manager, John Hair, said;  ...

Mechanical digger in catchpit at bottom of slope

A83 slip-remediation progress

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Essential remediation work at the Rest and Be Thankful is on target to see traffic management measures on the A83 at the recent landslip site removed by Monday 26 April. Completion of the “catch pit”, which is designed to hold up to 1000 tonnes of debris in the event of any further slip, will allow both lanes on the road to be open, allowing free movement for essential transport. Work on the...

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Activity sheets to bring the outdoors in for youngsters

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

If you are running out of ideas to keep younger children occupied during lockdown, then Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) may have something that could help. FLS has created a series of activity sheets for younger children that will help to keep them entertained – and away from a screen - for a while. As well as some nature themed colouring sheets, they can also puzzle their way through a bee m...

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Safety reminder as essential timber supplies released

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

As the national effort to tackled the Coronavirus continues and local people visit local forests on foot, by bike or by wheelchair to take their daily exercise, Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) is reminding the public that forest safety signs must still be obeyed. The warning comes as the FLS team working Beinn Ghuilean forest (near Campbeltown) continue with their effort to contribute 700 to...

Fox looking through grass

Fox Control

Thursday, 09 April 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has refuted recent claims that fox hunting with dogs is being carried out on the land that it manages. The organisation has made it clear that it does not allow fox hunting with dogs, that fox hunting with dogs under the Protection of Wild Mammals Act (Scotland) 2002 is illegal and a person who deliberately hunts a wild mammal with a dog commits an offence. The c...

View of empty forest road at sunset

FLS urges people to stay local for the Easter weekend

Wednesday, 08 April 2020

FLS urges people to stay local for the Easter weekendAhead of the long Easter weekend Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is reminding people that all of its car parks and visitor facilities remain closed as part of Scotland’s response to the challenges of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).The closures are in support of UK and Scottish Government requirements on social distancing and on the avoidance of u...

Children (posed models) loko up at tree canopy

FLS becomes a proud Corporate Parent

Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has become a Corporate Parent ( #proudcorporateparent ) Stemming from the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Part 9), Corporate Parenting enlists the support of agencies and organisations across Scotland to promote the wellbeing of Care Experienced people.   It aims to find ways of giving these young people access to opportunities they might not ...

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