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Venison supply contract good for jobs, local business and Scotland

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s deer management programme was hailed as exemplary when Rural Affairs Minister, Mairi Gougeon, today (3 March) announced a £13 million, five-year venison supply contract between Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and Highland Game Ltd.   The contract, that was competitively tendered, highlights the significant economic, social and environmental benefits of Forest...

Aerial view of coal field site

Plan to re-green coal sites takes another leap forward

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) programme of converting vacant and derelict land into new forests is soon to reach another major milestone this spring, when a newly remediated site is handed over for tree planting. The Piperhill site (Galloway) is undergoing the final stages of remediation. The work is being done by Hargreaves Environmental Services on behalf of the site owners, Hargreaves L...

South Region’s Apprentices powering ahead

Monday, 02 March 2020

  (Photo l to r: Shaun Hunter, Euan Sneddon, Jamie Wallace, Ben Sinden, Javin Hannah, Sabrina Smith, Alexander Austin.) Trainees in the south of Scotland are going from strength to strength under Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Modern Apprentice programme. Already six out of the seven Modern Apprentices have secured full time jobs in the forestry sector. All seven are all fully certif...

Forest thinning work begins mid-February

Monday, 20 January 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland’s South Region team is advising members of the public that work will soon be underway to prepare for tree felling in Mark Hill Forest, Kippford. Preparatory work – to make the forest road ready and to clear roadside ditches – will begin the week commencing January 27th and felling will commence from mid-February. The thinning work will open up to forest, letting...

Map showing work area

Work starts to remove diseased trees from Beinn Ghuilean

Monday, 13 January 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland yesterday (Thursday 16 Jan) started work to fell diseased trees at Beinn Ghuilean, by Campbeltown. The larch trees - infected by Phytophthora ramorum, for which there is no remedy – are being felled in a bid to slow the spread of the disease to other woodlands in the area. It is anticipated that the felling operations will be completed by April 2020 but may be increa...

Diseased trees (stock image)

Work on diseased trees at Beinn Ghuilean starts in New Year

Friday, 06 December 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland has advised that trail restrictions around Beinn Ghuilean, by Campbeltown, from January – April 2020 will be extended further than was initially intended. The closures – to facilitate the felling of diseased trees affected by Phytophthora ramorum – will now include more of the forest road because trees will be felled to either side and the heavy plant needed...

Picture of diseased ash tree tops

Felling on Arran to remove diseased Ash trees

Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Arran-based team has advised that short periods of closure will affect the Glenashdale Falls path this winter as diseased Ash trees are to be felled and removed from the site. Many Ash trees along this route have been affected by Chalara and are dying. Felling the trees will help inhibit the further spread of the disease and will help prevent dead branches fallin...

New ideas for making the most of Scotland's tree seed

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Finding a technological solution to improving the yield from Scotland’s existing seed stock has taken a step forward – with ideas put forward by five companies winning research and development funding. Announced in July 2019 as part of the Scottish Government’s CivTech® 4.0 ‘Innovation Challenge’, Forestry and Land Scotland invited individuals, businesses, universities and stakeholders...

Panoramic view of Beinn Ghuilean

Work to halt tree disease at Beinn Ghuilean starts in New Year

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Trail restrictions will be in place around Beinn Ghuilean, by Campbeltown, from January – April 2020 when urgent tree felling begins to help slow the spread of a deadly tree disease. Forestry and Land Scotland is to carry out the work in a bid to slow the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, a disease which primarily affects and kills larch trees. Tommy McGrory, FLS Planning Forester, said; ...

Programme leaders at Awards ceremony

Award winning mental health programme travels half way round the world!

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

An award winning Forestry and Land Scotland Woodland Activity Programme for people living with dementia has attracted the attention of the policy and research team at Alzheimers New Zealand. The FLS programme gives people living with early-stage dementia opportunities to take part in an innovative and fun programme of woodland activities ranging from woodland walks to bushcraft skills, and from w...

group of foresters standing against Perthshire backdrop

International attention for deer management approach

Friday, 15 November 2019

The accompanying image shows (left to right) - Doug Knox (FLS), Kaspars Kristiņš (specialist in forest infrastructure and firefighting), Guntis Ščepaniks (Forest Infrastructure and Hunting Manager) , Mārtiņš Gūtmanis (Excecutive Director of Silvicultura), Kevin Peters (FLS) John McNulty (FLS), Willie Lamont (FLS).   Forestry and Land Scotland’s successful approach to deer mana...

View down to Whiting Bay from Giants' Graves path

Arran's Giants' Graves path closed

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Arran-based team is advising members of the public that the ‘Giants Graves’ trail above Whiting Bay is to be closed from 18 Nov until Spring 2020. The path, which leads to the prehistoric chambered cairns and to remarkable views across Whiting Bay, has become a victim of its own success and has become so eroded that repairs now need to be carried out. Andy Walk...

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