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Forestry and Land Scotland Climate Change Plan launched

Tuesday, 07 December 2021

Environment Minister, Mairi McAllan, today welcomed the launch of Forestry and Land Scotland’s Climate Change Plan. Centred on the themes of Adapt, Reduce, Capture the plan outlines how FLS will boost its contribution to Scotland’s response to the global climate emergency. As well as highlighting actions that FLS has already implemented, it illustrates how FLS will enhance how it manages Sco...

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Forestry and Land Scotland begins to open forests to visitors in the north and west

Monday, 06 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is beginning to open up some of the national forests to visitors after Storm Arwen hit at the end of November.   But it is also advising that many forests will remain closed as more high winds over the next few days increase the risk of more falling trees in vulnerable, storm battered forests. Simon Hodgson, FLS Chief Executive, said: “It is a mammoth task but ...

Deer at night

Avoid deer in the headlights as the nights draw in

Thursday, 02 December 2021

At this time of year and as more people will be driving in the dark, Forestry and Land Scotland is urging drivers to be extra alert to wild deer on the roads.  Wild deer numbers in Scotland have reached record levels at 1 million – double the amount recorded in 1990 – and the consequent danger of deer-related road traffic accidents is predicted to rise.  Forestry and Land Scotland p...

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Forecast winds bring another warning from Forestry and Land Scotland

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

With forecasts of more high gusts of wind over the next few days, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has repeated its plea to north and east Scotland residents to stay away from its forests. As the organisation continues to assess the levels of damage that Storm Arwen inflicted on Scotland’s national forests and land, the organisation’s team in the area is warning of the significant risks to pu...

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Public urged to stay away from forests after Storm Arwen

Monday, 29 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging members of the public to stay away from its forests. The call comes in the wake of Storm Arwen as the organisation continues to assess the levels of damage to Scotland’s national forests and land and the associated risks to public safety. Early indications are that forests across the country – particularly east coast sites - have been affected to some deg...

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New Gaelic Language Plan out for consultation

Monday, 29 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland has launched a consultation on its draft Gaelic Language Plan 2022 – 2027. It aims to continue the work started under the previous plan both to recognise and promote the use and value of Gaelic and promote a Gaelic ethos throughout its work. FLS Chief Executive, Simon Hodgson, said; “Gaelic is an important part of Scotland's heritage, national identity and cu...

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Tree Nursery marks 90th anniversary and prepares for future climate challenges

Monday, 22 November 2021

Forestry & Land Scotland’s (FLS) Newton Nursery marks its 90th anniversary this year and will double in size, boosting overall capacity within Scotland’s tree nursery sector which is essential to delivering Scotland’s Climate Emergency response. Newton nursery currently grows seven million of the 25 million trees that FLS plants in Scotland each year but through leasing a further 70 hec...

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FLS Christmas Tree Sales Centre gives way to Masterplan work

Friday, 19 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising that there will be no Glentress Christmas Tree Sales Centre this year. With the first phase of work on the Glentress Masterplan underway there will unfortunately be no suitable location for the sales centre at the site this year. Lynne Mitchell from the FLS local team said; “The first step in the Masterplan is the demolition of some old buildings and cle...

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Tyrebagger booking system returns for Christmas tree sales

Friday, 19 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Tyrebagger Christmas Tree Sales Centre (near Aberdeen) will again make use of the booking system introduced last year. Originally put in place at the height of COVID-19 restrictions, the system has helped ease congestion and improve safety for staff and visitors. Fiona Robertson, FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, said; “We are still very much aware that C...


Community asked for help to protect its local amenities

Friday, 19 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Fife based team is asking residents in Oakley (Fife) to help put a stop to vandalism in the area. The call comes after some vegetation at Blairhouse was deliberately set on fire and a culvert damaged. This caused a blockage that caused water to back up, which when the pressure had built up to a high level, was released and washed out the forest road. Yvonne Grieve...

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Tree disease hits Oban forest

Monday, 15 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is preparing for felling work at Cologin Forest by Lerags, just south of Oban, in a bid to limit the impact of a deadly tree disease. Phytophthora ramorum, which mainly affects and kills larch trees, has no known cure or remedy and the only available response requires felling affected trees before the disease has a chance to move on to new sites. Forestry and Land Scot...

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Further outbreak of tree disease at Beinn Ghuilean

Monday, 15 November 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is getting ready to fell diseased trees at a second site on Beinn Ghuilean (near Campbeltown). FLS has been served with a Statutory Plant Health Notice that requires that trees affected by the disease Phytophtora ramorum, which primarily affects and kills larch trees, must be felled in a bid to protect other trees from becoming infected. Felling is due to being in spri...