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CATS Evaluation Panel members wanted to help boost community empowerment

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking for five new panel members for its Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). CATS enables community bodies to take on ownership or lease of public land or buildings on Scotland’s national forest and land, where the community can make better use of the asset for the benefit of their community. To date 17 successful asset transfer requests have compl...

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Easter weekend plea for responsible behaviour

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting visitors who are planning an Easter weekend visit to a forest to be ‘mindful’ to get the most out of their day. With thousands of visitors expected to head for the great outdoors, FLS is reminding everyone that a bit of kindness and consideration – towards other visitors and to FLS staff - will go a long way to helping everyone have a great day out.&nb...

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Help shape the vision for 7stanes revamp

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is gathering views and ideas to help make the most of an ambitious £Multi-million project to rejuvenate the 7stanes product and its wider cycling and visitor offer to re-establish it back in the European top ten of must-visit destinations. FLS is looking to secure £5 million of funding from the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal that will fund work at some sites ...

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New bridge for Munlochy's Clootie Well woodland

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has built a new bridge to provide safer woodland access to people visiting the Clootie Well and surrounding woodlands at Munlochy. The new bridge, on the ‘Woodland Trail’ (Red Trail) that lies to the west of the Well, improves access and will help to keep the site accessible for visitors when some forestry work takes place later this year. FLS Seasonal Ranger, Kirs...

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Mainshill Community Tree Planting Success

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Douglas Primary School pupils last month rolled up their sleeves to help plant 250 trees at a community event at Mainshill, a former coal site that is now managed by Forestry and Land Scotland.  Around 130 enthusiastic children and teachers were joined by members of the local community to help plant the trees, which will form part of the larger woodland being created on the site. Roddy McTa...

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Leanachan Forest set for major works

Monday, 04 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising forest visitors that access to Leanachan Forest (near Fort William) will be limited for extended periods while major forestry operations are carried out. The planned works, a mix of civil engineering and harvesting, will take place from May this year to March 2023, and while access to the whole forest will be affected, there will be a particular impact on th...

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Inconsiderate visitors continue to cause parking problems

Friday, 01 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is warning that visitors who persist in arriving at closed forests and then park inconsiderately are going to end up causing an accident. Last week, after parking issues at the popular Scolty Woods, FLS asked visitors to always check the online forest updates and to avoid visiting locations that are still closed for safety reasons. However, last weekend’s great...

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Call for visitors to show some consideration and stay away from closed forests

Friday, 01 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging people to be more considerate and follow advice to stay away from closed, storm-damaged forests. The call comes after visitors to Screel Hill – a closed forest south of Castle Douglas - have been parking inconsiderately at roadside and in field entrances, which is disrupting other road users, the local community and farm businesses. Robin Fuller, FLS Forest...

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Tentsmuir car park and access road to close for one week

Thursday, 17 March 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is asking visitors to avoid Tentsmuir Forest car park towards the end of March. The access road to the car park will be closed, week commencing Monday 21 March, to allow FLS to carry out a general repair of the road. Robin Lofthouse, FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, said; “The road has been in need of some attention for a while and with the our teams all foc...

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Inconsiderate parking causing issues at closed forests

Thursday, 17 March 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is reminding people that they should stay away from forests that have been badly damaged in the recent storms. The call to heed FLS advice comes after some visitors arriving at the closed Scolty Woods car park (by Banchory) have been parking inconsiderately and blocking the through road. Fiona Robertson, FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, said; “Scolty Woods i...

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Working with businesses to manage fuel cost pressures in forestry services

Friday, 11 March 2022

The sanctions being levied as part of the global community’s united response against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are a concerted effort to halt the war. This effort is to be supported and welcomed, and individuals and businesses are setting themselves to respond to the knock-on effects that are beginning to make themselves felt across Europe. One of the most keenly felt consequences is the ...


Stay for another night…?

Wednesday, 09 March 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is repeating its ‘Stay the Night’ initiative and permitting campervan and motorhomes to use 41 of its car parks across Scotland for overnight stays.  Stay the Night will run from Friday 1 April until 31 October 2022, full details including a list and location map of all the sites will be available online in the next few weeks. The participating sites will ...