Bennachie forest trails closed
Forestry Commission Scotland is warning visitors to the Bennachie Centre that the main Bennachie car park and all trails starting from it are currently closed due to severe wind damage.
Extra drop-in event planned for Nether Horsburgh
Due to popular demand, Forestry Commission Scotland is hosting an extra drop-in event to gather views on the forest design plan for Nether Horsburgh.
Hidden effort to deal with tree killer
The forestry sector in south west Scotland has been working flat out to help Forestry Commission Scotland’s effort to combat the impact of the deadly larch disease, P ramorum.
West Argyll’s forest trails to re-open by Christmas
A number of Forestry Commission Scotland’s popular woodland trails in West Argyll have suffered storm damage from the recent strong winds.
New visitor centres open in Galloway
Tourism in Galloway Forest Park is set for a boost with the opening of state-of-the-art visitor centres.
Views wanted on Nether Horsburgh plan
Following earlier public consultations, Forestry Commission Scotland is holding a follow up drop-in day to gather comments on the proposed forest design for an area of land called Nether Horsburgh.
Croy planting project to bear fruit
As part of National Tree Week, school pupils in Croy have started planting trees to grow two new community orchards in the area.
Tree spirit comes alive for national tree of Scotland
The Ghillie Dhu – the Scots guardian spirit of the trees - is coming alive to promote the national tree of Scotland consultation.
Dalbeattie pupils champion birch for national tree of Scotland
Pupils from Dalbeattie Primary School are planting a number of birch trees in their local wood to champion the species as a candidate for the national tree of Scotland.
A change to Santa in the Bin 2013
Forestry Commission Scotland’s Aberdeenshire team is letting people across the area know that Santa will not be coming to Bin Forest at Huntly this year.
Work starts on West Highland Way at Loch Lomond
Work to upgrade sections of the West Highland Way at Loch Lomond is to begin next week (November 18) – but access to the world famous route will not be affected.
The Spotlight Musical Theatres Group apply to purchase old Deer Larder at Barcaldine
Spotlight Musical Theatre Group (SMTG) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase a redundant deer larder building and site at Barcaldine, Argyll.
Christmas tree memories at Tyrebagger
Many families across the north east enjoy a special Christmas tradition – of going to Tyrebagger wood to buy their festive tree.
Woodfuel event at SRUC Barony Campus
Exploring the commercial opportunities in woodfuel supply – and the cost savings and benefits of switching to woodfuel heating – will be the subject of a special free event at Barony College next month (Tuesday 3 December).
Temporary closure of Doach Woodland
Essential forestry operations in Doach Woodland will result in a temporary closure to public access between 20th November and early Spring next year.
First phase of A82 Loch Lochy felling works nearing completion
Forestry Commission Scotland’s A82 felling operations are preparing to move up the Great Glen to a new site but traffic management will remain in place on the A82 Loch Lochy for further week.
Free Renewable Heat Incentive seminar to help businesses cut costs
Organisations looking to reduce their heating bills are invited to attend a free woodfuel discovery’ day at Culcreuch Castle next month (Thursday 5 December).
Last chance to choose a national tree of Scotland
Forestry Commission Scotland says time is running out for the public to get their views in for a national tree of Scotland.
Managing public access during forestry operations – new Practice Note
Forestry Commission Scotland has published a new Practice Note which gives guidance on managing public access to woodlands whilst forestry operations are being carried out.
Glenmore Visitor Centre café business entices new interest
Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting expressions of interest from businesses interested in supplying a catering service for visitors to the Glenmore Visitor Centre.
Recruiting: Chairman of the Forestry Commission
Recruiting: The new Chairman will lead the Forestry Commission through a period of potentially unprecedented reform.
Budget Boost to aid tree disease fight
The fight against a killer tree disease now particularly affecting all of Galloway has been given a £1M boost in the Scottish Government’s budget.
Midlothian Woodland Explorers
Turn curious children into woodland explorers at a Forestry Commission Scotland workshop, part of Midlothian Science Festival.
Can you turn your woodlands into an asset?
Learning how to manage woodlands to deliver a new income stream from woodfuel is the focus of a free event being staged at Baddingsgill, West Linton next month (Tuesday 5 November 2013).
Dangerous Mountain Bike Jumps Dismantled
For the third time this year Forestry Commission Scotland staff have had to remove unauthorised – or ‘wild build’ - mountain bike trail features constructed in a Banchory wood.
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre officially open for business
Forestry Commission Scotland’s revamped Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle was full to overflowing last week (Friday 27 September) when it was officially opened by Janet Marshall, daughter-in-law of founder, David Marshall.
Revitalised woodland a shot in the arm for healthy lifestyles
A stunning transformation of the popular woodland surrounding Forth Valley Royal Hospital has made it a perfect place to boost healthy lifestyles.
Queen’s View Visitor Centre revamp gets underway
Forestry Commission Scotland’s Queen’s View Visitor Centre has closed for the last time – at least as far as it’s old layout is concerned.
Rutting season begins in Scotland
It is now autumn and temperatures are plummeting, but in woodlands across Scotland, things are just hotting up.
100th milestone for woodland mental health programme
Forestry Commission Scotland is celebrating the successful completion of the 100th ‘Branching Out’ woodland mental health course in Glasgow.
Blairadam wood prepared for planting
Forestry Commission Scotland has completed the felling of trees at Blairadam Wood in Kelty making it ready for planting over 35,000 new trees.
Woodland course used to improve mental health
A group of ten people using mental health services across West Dunbartonshire have taken part in an award ceremony to celebrate completion of a 12-week woodland course, known as Branching Out, in the Kilpatrick Hills and Lang Craigs.
Galloway forest visitors urged to exercise caution
Anyone visiting woodlands in Galloway Forest Park would be forgiven for thinking that autumn has come early – but what is being seen is the impact on larch of the devastating tree disease that has hit the area.
Glenmore ceremony commemorates Norwegian heroes
A ceremony in Glenmore next week (Thursday 19 September) will mark the 40th anniversary of the placing of the memorial stone that commemorates the Norwegian commandoes who trained in the area for operations in WWII.
Land managers encouraged to think big
A cross-boundary, cross-agency approach to large scale land management can improve Scotland’s biodiversity and benefit the environment, communities and the economy.
Pitmedden Thinning operations September
Forestry Commission Scotland is advising visitors to Pitmedden Forest near Abernethy that forest thinning operations will be starting soon. A small clearfell is also proposed.