Scots urged to get behind tree survey and tree buddy initiative
Environment & Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, is urging people across Scotland to get involved with a UK-wide initiative that aims to build a comprehensive picture of tree health issues.
West Highland Way at Loch Lomond set for major upgrades
Forestry Commission Scotland is gearing up to begin upgrading sections of the West Highland Way at Loch Lomond later this year.
Retail facility at Glenmore Visitor Centre to close
Forestry Commission Scotland is to close the gift shop at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre so that staff can refocus on helping visitors to get the best out of their time in the area.
Lawmuir Primary School announced as winner of competition to name new woodland
Children from Lawmuir Primary School have won a Lanarkshire-wide competition to name the new woodland developed by Forestry Commission Scotland.
Chalara dieback of ash – spotting spring symptoms
The Forestry Commission has posted a video online showing the symptoms to look for at this time of year to check whether ash trees have Chalara dieback
Outdoor Photography Workshop
Budding photographers are invited to come along to the Bennachie Centre next month (9 June) and pick up some top tips on wildlife photography.
Drumchapel spring clean is child’s play
Two Drumchapel Primary schools joined forces and braved the blustery weather to give their local area a spring clean last week as part of an event organised by Forestry Commission Scotland, in collaboration with the G15 Youth Project and Safe Clean Glasgow.
Views from the public wanted for Leanachan masterplan
Forestry Commission Scotland and Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE) are holding drop-in events over two days for the public to get views on how Leanachan Forest could be developed for tourism and recreation.
Views from the public wanted for Glentress masterplan
Forestry Commission Scotland is holding two drop-in sessions for the public to get views on how Glentress Forest and the Tweed Valley corridor could be developed for tourism and recreation development in the future.
Kinnoull Hill felling operations to begin in June
Forestry Commission Scotland is advising Perth residents that forest thinning operations at Kinnoull Hill will start at the beginning of June 2013.
Dawn Chorus Walk
Are you someone who’d like to be up with the lark but can’t summon up the will to get out of bed that early?
National Forest Estate fit for 21st century green economy
Scotland’s National Forest Estate is a treasured natural asset with the potential to benefit every person in Scotland and make a significant contribution to the green economy.
Glenmore visitors urged to give breeding birds some peace
Forestry Commission Scotland is urging visitors to Glenmore Forest Park to be mindful that the lekking season has stated and to leave wild birds in peace.
Nature Play features play tested at The Lodge
Children from Aberfoyle Primary School headed up to Forestry Commission Scotland's Mini Lodge last week for some den building - and to try out the nature play features.
Grant support to aid creation of Chalara-free shelter zone
Woodland managers are to be given grant support in Scotland’s ongoing effort to manage the threats posed by Chalara dieback of ash.
Skyline harvesting at Glen Righ
Duffy Skylining, based on Mull, has joined Forestry Commission Scotland’s A82 Project following the recent award of a long term contract for skyline winch harvesting to them.
Sign in the Woods
Forestry Commission Scotland is holding forestry art sessions in Edinburgh for deaf families, teaching them about the local wildlife and encouraging their creativity in woodland themed art classes.
Views wanted on tree planting guidance
Forestry Commission Scotland is seeking views on new draft guidance on tree planting on agricultural land from anyone with an interest in land use.
Masterplan will develop vision for Glentress
Forestry Commission Scotland is to undertake a ‘masterplan’ for Glentress which will explore further opportunities to develop Glentress Forest as a major recreation destination with key linkages to the surrounding communities.
Signing off after 39 years
Forestry Commission Scotland’s Cowal & Trossachs team has said goodbye to one of their staff – after a 39 year stint!
Tweed Valley osprey egg first in Scotland
Tweed Valley osprey egg is the first in Scotland.
Greenspace funding boosts access in central belt
A new canoe trail from Edinburgh to Glasgow and a new ‘Gateway’ to Scotland’s National Tree Collections are just two of the nine greenspace projects to share nearly £500,000.
Have your say on deer management on Scotland’s National Forest Estate
Anyone interested in how deer are managed on Scotland’s National Forest Estate (NFE) is being invited to share their views with Forestry Commission Scotland.
Calling time – after 50 years in forestry!
After fifty years of dedicated service to the Forestry Commission, Graham Morrison will officially retire on 2nd of April.
Dumfries & Galloway….Darker & Greener!
Even from the days before mankind could string a sentence together, the darkness of night has been something to fear…..but that age old fear is being turned on its head in Dumfries & Galloway, where the night has delivered a tremendous shot in the arm.
Tree Health Action plans launched
Forestry Commission Scotland today (Wednesday 27 March) published three tree health action plans detailing specific and focused approaches to tackling three key tree diseases in Scotland.
Masterplan will develop vision for Leanachan
Forestry Commission Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are working together to develop a masterplan which will explore future opportunities for one of Lochaber’s most popular forests.
Harvesting success at Glen Righ paves way for future A82 operations
Forestry Commission Scotland is preparing to remove traffic management beside its Glen Righ site in time for Easter as the first phase of harvesting nears completion.
Storm damage clear-up in Fort William forests
Forestry Commission Scotland’s Lochaber team is working with local contractors to clear up storm damage and windblown trees in time for the Easter weekend.
Quarrelwood tree felling due to commence next month
Forestry Commission Scotland is informing people living in and around Elgin that tree thinning and felling work is to start soon in Quarrelwood Forest.
Queen’s View open for Easter
Anyone looking to build up an appetite for some chocolate eggs – or maybe walk them off – can head for the Queen’s View, where the re-designed car park has re-opened.
Forestry Commission Scotland calls for locals to get digging
Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting local Fallside and Bothwell residents to a community tree planting event on Thursday 4th April and is calling for people to grab a spade and join in.
Come and join the Forestry Commission’s woodland Easter egg hunt
Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting local children to come and enjoy the woodland on NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital grounds – and join an Easter egg hunt!
Old ways prove their worth with low impact horse logging
Forestry Commission Scotland staff working to restore a part of the Borders ancient woodland are enjoying some four-legged assistance as they return to the ‘old ways’ of working.
Bench commemorating world-renowned fiddle legend replaced
Forestry Commission Scotland has helped to kick start the 10th Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Festival (22 – 24 March) in Dunkeld, by installing a new bench commemorating the world famous musician on the banks of the Tay.
Mountain bikers urged to talk to the Commission about mtb trails
Forestry Commission Scotland has urged mountain bikers to speak to the local Commission team about trails and features – rather than run the risk of causing serious and potentially fatal accidents.
Edinburgh’s trees helping make the city a better place to live
An innovative study has estimated that Edinburgh’s urban forest removes around 100 tonnes of harmful airborne pollutants each year.
Mini Lodge Easter Fun
For a special Easter treat, why not come along to the Mini Lodge this Easter and take part in some fun activities!
Scottish Chalara action plan nearing completion
A draft action plan to address the spread of Chalara die-back of ash in Scotland took a step closer to being finalised today when it was considered at a stakeholders’ summit held in Edinburgh.
Thinning of Fife woodland aims to weed out disease
Forestry Commission Scotland will next week (Monday 4 March) begin thinning work in a Fife woodland in order to remove diseased trees and enhance local habitats.
Path upgrades at Turriff woodland
Some of the trails through the Woods of Delgaty (3km east of Turriff) will be closed for three weeks as Forestry Commission Scotland sets about giving them an upgrade.
SRDP grant brings new ‘conservation’ cattle to Fort William
Ach an Todhair, a 97ha SSI and crofter common grazing site just south of Fort William, is to become the latest site in the area to be grazed by ‘conservation cattle’.
Hunt is on for woodland winners
If you go down to the woods today – you might find an award with your name on it!