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Where we live and work

Thinking of applying for a job with us? With offices from Golspie to Galloway and forests from Skye to Stonehaven, our staff can be found the length and breadth of the country. Many live and work surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the...

All about survival…

Mrs O and her three young but very grown up ospreys. All three young ospreys from the main nest are now flying and the good news is that they are returning to the nest to feed. Mrs O and SS are still here and SS is still bringing fish back for the...

Ten winter walks for the whole family

Whether it's your New Year's resolution to get active or you just need to burn off all that Christmas turkey and roast potatoes, January is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, step outside, and reconnect with nature. Winter is one of Scotland's...

Patience needs to be exercised above all else

the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions, FLS is encouraging everyone to exercise their patience first and foremost. The call from FLS Chief Executive, Simon Hodgson, highlights that the forestry organisation’s leisure and recreation facilities –...

Calling all budding photographers

competition to celebrate the advent of autumn colours. Everyone is welcome to enter for a chance to win a scrumptious Galloway Lodge hamper, and the winning photo will feature on our autumn webpage in 2017. How to enter Share photos using...

All in one view

trees to habitat restoration, recreation facilities and a whole lot more. A recent trip to Loch Trool in Dumfries and Galloway shows the variety of our work, all in one view. 1. Natural regeneration Our job is to plant and grow trees. However, why plant...

School holiday activities on a budget

your holidays, of course, is to make new memories with friends and family... but keeping the kids entertained is always a challenge, especially with the cost of indoor activities in towns and cities. Looking for something a bit more healthy, active, and...

Summer events guide

for younger kids, we’ve got something for everyone this summer. Fort William World Cup 2019 In many ways the big daddy of all the mountain biking competitions held in Scotland, for many riders, the Fort William World Cup is the height of the year. With...

Ten of the best all-weather winter destinations

From cafes to warm yourself with a hot chocolate to wildlife hides where you can go deer spotting, there’s something for all ages and interests. Top ten all-weather destinations 1. Barnluasgan , West Argyll Barnluasgan is the ideal place to start your...

Energy Offering Application Process and Guidance

such this process is outwith the ambit of the procurement regulations. However we do intend to follow a standard process to allow a fair opportunity to be presented. Where only one Application is received for a site, FLS will evaluate this on its merits...

Permissions and permits

use as long as it complies with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) and Civil Aviation Authority guidance, Drone Code and all other legal requirements, such as those relating to privacy/data protection and wildlife protection. In such cases you will...

FLS urges people to stay local for the Easter weekend

stay local for the Easter weekendAhead of the long Easter weekend Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is reminding people that all of its car parks and visitor facilities remain closed as part of Scotland’s response to the challenges of COVID-19...

Car parking

Forestry and Land Scotland have over 300 car parks to help visitors access the forests we manage and all the walks, trails, picnic areas, viewpoints, visitor centres, adventure and other activities available in them. At some of our car parks we charge...

Mountain biking

Scotland is one of the best places on the planet for mountain biking. The network of exhilarating and challenging world-class trails forests have made the country a big hit on the mountain biking world map. You’ve come to the right place Whether you’re...

Spectacular spring activities

Fun for the whole family Get out into the woods There’s plenty to do for all ages this spring in your local forest. See if you can find all the different animals and plants on our What can you spot? (PDF 1.6MB) activity sheet. Or try and complete...

Forest Planner

read some testimonials from current Forest Planners: Catriona Maclennan, on the diversity of her work: "The planning role is all encompassing – a jack of all trades. I can use my experience gained from carrying out most types of manual work to...

Party time

Iain and Norma Coates and Tony Lightley cutting the cake Saturday 8 June was a truly nostalgic day for the Tweed Valley Osprey project, as we celebrated the 20th birthday of our male osprey, White Leg SS. It was a lovely time to reminisce and reflect on...

Stay the Night draft

Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained (i.e. with all facilities, including toilet inside the vehicle) will be able to stay overnight at some of our car parks from 1 April to 31 October 2022 in a continuation of the Stay the Night initiative...

Stay the Night

Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained (i.e. with all facilities, including toilet inside the vehicle) will be able to stay overnight at some of our car parks from 1 April to 31 October 2022 in a continuation of the Stay the Night initiative...

The Forest

Galloway Forest Park – the largest Forest Park in Britain – is set to star in a new BBC One Scotland documentary series on Monday 8 January at 19.30. Filmed over six months, The Forest, follows all the different people and timber related organisations...