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News releases - 2014



Glenmore Visitor Centre refurb'ed, refreshed, re-opened

Visitors to Glenmore in the Cairngorms National Park will be able to take advantage of much more that the area has to offer thanks to a new look Visitor Centre near Loch Morlich.


50 years service for forestry worker recognised

A forestry supervisor who has retired after 50 years of service with Forestry Commission Scotland enjoyed a fitting send-off with colleagues recently…..with a day in the woods.


A Rubbish Start to the Week

Forestry Commission Scotland’s team in Lochaber is urging everyone who visits local tourist sites to take their litter home – or to dispose of it appropriately.


Rosal clearance village secure for future

In recognition of the cultural and historic significance of Rosal clearance village, Forestry Commission Scotland is to continue managing the historically significant site as part of the National Forest Estate.


Galloway Forest Park - Easter Forest Festival

Galloway Forest Park is marking the arrival of spring this year with a four-day, fun-packed Forest Festival, offering greats days out and activities for families and people of all ages. (11-14th April)


More outdoor learning for North Lanarkshire children

More children across North Lanarkshire are set to benefit from structured outdoor learning after its early years practitioners completed Forest Kindergarten training.


Glen Righ work break for Easter

Phase 2 of Forestry Commission Scotland’s slope stabilization works at Glen Righ has been successfully completed in time for Easter.


Regional Forestry Forum seeks Chair

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is seeking to recruit a new Chair for its Perth & Argyll Regional Forestry Forum.


Cash boost for greenspace in Central Scotland

Six projects across the central belt are to share in 242,000 of funding that will improve access to high quality greenspace for local people.


Further funding boost for timber transport

Efforts to minimize the impact of timber transport on Scotland’s rural roads have been given a 3M boost.


Highland Glen home of giants

Reelig Glen, a Forestry Commission Scotland site near Inverness, is home to four of the tallest trees in Britain – one of which is also the tallest of its kind in Europe!


Good Friday fun at Larbert Woods

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting children and parents to come and enjoy an Easter Eggstravaganza at Larbert woods.


Colour fight at outdoor Holi event

Forestry Commission Scotland is funding an outdoor event to celebrate Holi, the Indian Festival of Colour, on Saturday 29th March at Vogrie Country Park, Gorebridge.


Explore the Woods event at Toryglen

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting community groups, children and parents to come and enjoy an Explore the Woods event at Malls Mire community woodland in Toryglen.


First Starter-farm planned for the Highlands

Forestry Commission Scotland is to create a new ‘starter-farm’ in Caithness – giving a new farmer an opportunity to get their first foothold into the farming industry.


Drop-in meeting for Corniehaugh

Forestry Commission Scotland is holding a drop-in afternoon to gather information and comments to help guide the production of an integrated land management plan for an area of land called Corniehaugh, near Rothiemay.


MSPs give thumbs up to national tree

The Scottish Parliament has officially declared the Scots Pine as the national tree of Scotland.


Woodland skills training programme at Bluebell Woods wins award

Forestry Commission Scotland’s woodland-based skills training programme run by Phoenix Futures, helping young people with addiction issues move to the next stage of their recovery, has won an award for work carried out at Bluebell Woods in Johnstone.


Tippers prompt thoughts of car park closure

Forestry Commission Scotland’s Aberdeenshire team is appealing to members of the public to help keep a popular car park open – by reporting incidents of fly tipping.


Public safety concern forces closure of Limerigg footpath

Forestry Commission Scotland has closed the path to the west of Limerigg due to public safety concerns.


Achnacarry, Bunarkaig & Clunes Group apply to purchase 1086 Hectares at Glen Mallie and South Loch Arkaig

Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes (ABC) Group has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase 1086 hectares at Glen Mallie and South Loch Arkaig in Lochaber.


Lochwatch apply to purchase 2 hectares of land at Kinachreachan, Loch Awe

Lochwatch has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase approximately 2 hectares of land at Kinachreachan on the side of Loch Awe.


Creetown Initiative Ltd Application to Lease Land within Balloch Wood, near Creetown for Hydro Scheme

Creetown Initiative Ltd has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to lease an area of land within Balloch Wood in Galloway Forest District amounting to approximately 1.2 hectares.


UK woodland carbon goes on sale for first time

The first units of carbon dioxide set to be sequestered, or removed from the atmosphere, by woodlands validated under the UK’s Woodland Carbon Code have been notified for sale for the first time.


Youngsters launch Commonwealth Woods medal routes in Easterhouse

Youngsters and community groups have launched the Commonwealth Woods Medal Routes at Bishop Loch in Easterhouse today (Tuesday, 4 March).


Have your say on future of the National Forest Estate in your area

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting anyone interested in the management of Scotland’s National Forest Estate (NFE) to take part in a new consultation.


Sir Harry Studholme appointed Chair of Forestry Commission

Sir Harry Studholme has been appointed Chair of the Board of Forestry Commissioners for a term of three years.


Help celebrate Scotland’s Finest Woods

With one month to go until the closing date, Scotland’s Finest Woods (SFW) is inviting nominations for the 2014 SFW Awards.


Britain’s forest area hits almost 3m hectares

The Forestry Commission has published new National Forest Inventory data showing that Great Britain has about two and a half times more forest and woodland than it had 100 years ago.


Morvern first to invest in forestry hydro scheme

The people of Morvern have become the first community group in Scotland to invest their own money into a hydro scheme on land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland.


First detailed map of Scotland’s native woodlands

Forestry Commission Scotland today (Monday 3 February) unveiled Scotland’s first complete map and dataset of native woodlands – the result of an eight year Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS).


District Heating Schemes: the cheaper, greener alternative

With heating and power costs placing an ever increasing burden on business budgets, organisations throughout the public, private and third sector are invited to find out how wood-fuelled District Heating schemes could save them money – and generate income.


Tree-mendous - Scots Pine is national tree symbol.

The Scots Pine has been chosen by the people as the national tree of Scotland.


Glenmore Visitor Centre refit under way

Forestry Commission Scotland’s Glenmore Visitor Centre will close its doors following trading on 26 January so that a refit of the building can be carried out in time for the Easter holiday.


Bennachie windblow update

Forestry Commission Scotland is urging people to follow instructions on site signage around Bennachie as work gets underway to clear windblown trees.