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Book a slot to buy a tree at Tyrebagger

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

With Christmas on the horizon, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is gearing up its Tyrebagger Christmas Tree Sales Centre (near Aberdeen) to help families in the north east make Christmas as merry as possible. However, this year customers are being advised that in light of COVID-19 protections, they will only be able to visit the centre and collect a tree if they pre-book a time slot. Fiona Rober...

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Gully Monster mountain bike trail closed

Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has closed off the most challenging of the Moray Monster Trails because it has become unsafe to ride. Closure of the Gully Monster black trail comes after a recent inspection that determined that the route posed a potential danger to riders. The other trails at the site are still open. Justin Livesey, FLS’ Regional Visitor Services Manager, said; “Unfortuna...

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Re-greening derelict land set to have big impact

Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Two land reclamation projects on former coalfield sites are set to create woodland, lock up carbon and improve the environment for the benefit of wildlife and local communities. Forestry and Land Scotland has been working with a number of partners since 2016 to restore vacant and derelict land sites to a state fit for woodland creation. The two latest sites - Mainshill, (nr Douglas) South Lanark...

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Utsi Bridge builder says farewell

Monday, 26 October 2020

One of the people that helped build Cairngorm’s landmark, Utsi’s Bridge (nr Altmore), has made a special trip to the area to be one of the last people to cross it before it is replaced. Bryan Chalmers, a partner with farm consultancy business, Allathan Associates, got in touch with Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) after reading about plans to replace the bridge, which has come to the end of i...

View of Carradale Harbour from the hill

Public’s views sought on Carradale land management plan

Monday, 26 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people in and around East Kintyre to take part in the development of the Carradale Land Management Plan. The plan comprises four forest areas - Deer Hill, Deucheran, Grogport and High Clachaig (total of 6,700ha) – that cross a variety of different habitats, from conifer forest to native broadleaf areas and peat bogs sustaining a rich biodiversity. There a...

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Consultation open on Garrogill and Screel woodlands

Monday, 19 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has opened two consultations on Land Management Plans that map out proposals for two Dumfries and Galloway woodlands for the next 20 years. The consultations are for – Screel land management plan - covers Screel Hill, Potterland and The Doach, which are south of Castle Douglas and Garrogill land management plan - covers an area east of Moffat It is a typical...

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Campsie Glen biosecurity call

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging visitors to Campsie Glen to follow the biosecurity ‘Keep it Clean’ advice and help slow the spread of a deadly tree disease. The Glen is one of several sites across Scotland that has recently been confirmed as having Phytophthora ramorum – commonly referred to as P. ramorum – which attacks and kills larch trees. The FLS team in the area is now working...

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Consultation open on Creetown woodlands

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Anyone with an interest in how Forestry and Land Scotland’s Creetown LMP area, around 8 km south east of Newton Stewart, is managed over the next 20 years is invited to take part in a consultation and give their views. This next generation Land Management Plan includes details of how FLS intends to manage the site until 2030, and gives a direction of travel for the following 10 years to 2040. ...

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Major forest cabins planning application approved

Friday, 09 October 2020

Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary, Fergus Ewing, today welcomed the news that a major £12m tourism development has been given the go-ahead by The Highland Council. The Forest Holidays proposal for 50 eco-sensitive holiday cabins at Leanachan Forest - part of the Forestry and Land Scotland 20-year, £25million Nevis Forest Master Plan – will supplement and complement the existing holiday offe...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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