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Potrait of Mark Crowley

New Head of Harvesting Support for FLS

Friday, 02 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland has appointed a Head of Harvesting Support to provide strategic direction and practical support to FLS staff, partner organisations and customers on timber harvesting in order to achieve efficiencies within the forestry sector. Mark Crowley, who has enjoyed a career in forestry since graduating from Aberdeen University in 1996, will take up the newly created role at the...

Image showing impact of teh disease on larch trees

Long-term push to contain tree diseases in Cowal

Thursday, 01 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Central 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 120 potential new sites where the disease has been suspected - with 80 of them being in the C...

Tree tape planting system in use

Innovative tree tape system trial a ‘phenomenal’ success

Friday, 25 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) full scale field trials of a revolutionary new seed propagation and planting system have proved to be a huge success – achieving an almost 2000 percent increase in per person productivity compared with conventional methods. The trial at the FLS Newton Nursery (near Elgin), featured a new system called 'TreeTape', a modification of leading vegetable...

women walking with pushchairs

Invitation to step outside – and visit a green oasis

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people to come and visit a local forest and get the maximum benefit of a walk, run, cycle or wheel in the woods.   The invitation comes after new COVID-19 restrictions on visiting people at home came into effect.  Simon Hodgson, FLS Chief Executive, said;  “Not visiting friends and family at home for the moment is undoubtedly a difficult b...

Harvester at work

Dalbeattie Forest restrictions in place as forest operations begin

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising forest visitors to observe all safety signage and diversion signage when felling work begins in Dalbeattie forest at the end of this month (28 Sept). The work, which will affect an extensive area (18ha), is part of the local team’s planned commercial harvesting programme. Lesley Smith, FLS Communities & Communications Manager, for the area, said; “...

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Tweed Valley Forest Park zonings aim to increase everyone’s enjoyment

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking to help improve everyone’s enjoyment, minimise any future user conflicts and improve the natural environment in the Tweed Valley forests by setting out zones for different activities. The move is intended to support responsible access from mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders and to promote greater mutual understanding and consideration of other forest...

A forestry worker sits cross legged on a large boulder in front of a giant tree.

High hopes for second Highland ‘Tree of the Year’

Friday, 11 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s North Region team is urging everyone to vote – before noon on 24 September - for another highland stalwart to become Woodland Trust Scotland's Tree of the Year 2020. The Lord President’s Oak, which stands in the middle of a railway bridge, is in the heart of Culloden forest and on the path to the famous St Mary’s Clootie Well. Laura McNally, FLS Area Visito...

Two ants, the smaller being the shining guest ant.

Cuckoo of the ant world rediscovered at Inshriach

Thursday, 10 September 2020

A partnership project in the Cairngorms National Park that seeks to secure habitat protection and improvements for six rare invertebrate species, has discovered shining guest ants in Inshriach Forest – after a four year gap! Last recorded at the Forestry and Land Scotland managed site in 2016, the rediscovery of the ants – and their appearance at three new sites across the National Park – p...

Close up of trees in copse

CATS Evaluation Panel members wanted to help further community empowerment

Monday, 07 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking for new panel members for its Communities Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). Launched in 2017 and following on from the success of the National Forest Land Scheme, the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) lets community bodies take on more direct responsibility for managing a parcel of Scotland’s national forest and land, where the community considers that it ...

View of Lodge

Lodge Forest Visitor Centre re-opens after two day closure

Friday, 04 September 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland has announced that the Lodge Forest Visitor, near Aberfoyle, will re-open on Saturday after a two day closure. The Visitor Centre in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park was closed on Thursday to effect a full deep clean after a member of the café team tested positive for Coronavirus. Sue Morris, FLS visitor services manager in the area, said; “The Lodge was closed on Wedne...

Eagle catching fish

FLS helping reintroduce species across the UK

Monday, 31 August 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s environment team is celebrating their role in yet another successful species reintroduction programme. Working in support of the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, FLS assisted in the sourcing and capture of one of the seven white tailed sea eagle chicks that Roy and his team re-homed in the Isle of Wight. The young bird - collected under a Scottish Natural Heritage...

A collage of various images of the Lodge over the past 60 years

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre - 60 years and counting!

Monday, 24 August 2020

One of Aberfoyle’s best known tourist attractions and a hub for visitors to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park has reached the grand age of 60! Forestry and Land Scotland’s Lodge Forest visitor centre first opened its doors in August 1960 as David Marshall Lodge – named after the 1950s chairman of the Carnegie UK Trust, which helped fund the construction of the lodge.  Originally intende...

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