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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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;
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...
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...
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.