News releases - 2014

University acclaim for lifetime’s work in forestry

A life’s work dedicated to forestry and its history saw Norman Davidson awarded the accolade of Master of the University of the Highlands and Islands today (Saturday 20 September).

Free Renewable Heat Incentive seminar to help businesses cut costs

Businesses across Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to a Dumfries and Galloway Woodfuel Forum meeting (21st October 2014) to find out how to cut heating costs and make their business more profitable and sustainable by switching to renewable woodfuel heating.

Long-term vision aims to improve and enhance Glenmore

Members of the public are being invited to come along to a drop in session (Thursday 25 September) to find out about and give their views on the long term management of publicly owned land in Glenmore and Upper Rothiemurchus forests.

Artist scoops award for Skytower sculpture in Airdrie

Artist Rob Mulholland has scooped an award for his Skytower sculpture in Airdrie, inspired by input from local school children.


The sculpture, commissioned by Forestry Commission Scotland, was erected at new community woodland Rawyards in June 2013.

Mull Eagle Watch soars to new heights

The Mull Eagle Watch partnership project has just been awarded a gold rating by UK-wide Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Scolty upgrade

Forestry Commission Scotland is advising members of the public that its car park at Scolty (Mains of Auchattie, 1 mile south west of Banchory) will be closed from 10th-12th September.

Glengarry Community Woodland Group apply to purchase Invergarry Woodland

Glengarry Community Woodland Steering Group has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase the former Forestry Depot and adjacent woodland in Invergarry. The area amounts to approximately 30.5 hectares.

Lochaber Conservation grazing project's Show success

Forestry Commission Scotland use of Highland cattle to manage conservation grazing sites across the National Forest Estate has met with double success.


A local string quartet will next month (Saturday 13 September) visit bennachie to premiere a unique work about the crofting history at the hill.

Tentsmuir car park to close for two weeks

Forestry Commission Scotland is advising members of the public that there will only be weekend access to Tentsmuir Car Park at the end of September.

Business opportunity at Kirroughtree visitor centre

Forestry Commission Scotland is offering a business opportunity for a catering company to run its services at the new Kirroughtree visitor centre in Galloway Forest Park.

Discover how nature matters to all at your Commonwealth Wood

Local people are being invited to join in a range of outdoor activities including foraging walks, storytelling, face-painting and woodland crafts, at a ‘Woodland Discovery Day’ at Castlemilk on Sunday, 31 August 2014.

Hunt on for fly tippers

Forestry Commission Scotland is asking for help from members of the public as after another spate of fly-tipping.

Woodland activity programmes for people with early-stage dementia

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting families and friends of people with early-stage dementia to get signed up to an innovative, exciting and fun programme of woodland activities.

Glen Righ forestry operations in September

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is advising motorists and local road users that from 1 September traffic management will be in place at Glen Righ just north of the Corran Ferry.

Path works set to make mountain hike better

Volunteers are busy hard at work upgrading one of Glenmore Forest Park’s most popular walks.

Highland starter farm applications now open

Applications are now open for new farmers to run the first Forestry Commission Scotland starter farm in the Highlands.

Big judging weekend for starter farm tenants

This weekend coming (16 Aug) four of Forestry Commission Scotland’s starter farm tenants will be taking centre stage and judging on the agricultural circuit.

The Lodge gets five-star boost - VisitScotland award for Trossachs tourism attraction

Almost a year to the day since it reopened following a 2.4 million refurbishment by Forestry Commission Scotland, The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre at Aberfoyle has been awarded five-star status as part of VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme.

Great Glen Way - ‘high route’ launched

One of Scotland’s Great Trails, The Great Glen Way, which has been upgraded with a 17km section of newly completed high level alternative, was officially re-opened today (Tuesday 5 August) by author and broadcaster Cameron McNeish.

Aerial application trial postponed until next year

Forestry Commission Scotland has postponed its aerial application trial of a fungicide until 2015 – mainly because of the weather!

Lord Ancrum’s Wood more accessible to visitors with new parking

Forestry Commission Scotland has created a 16 space car park at Newbattle Abbey College to make Lord Ancrum’s Wood more accessible to visitors.

Family fun day at Larbert Woods

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting parents and children to keep Sunday 17 August free for the Larbert Fun Day taking place at Larbert Woods in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Forest tourism supporting the local economy

The multi-million pound investment in Galloway Forest Park’s new visitor centres has been hailed as a “great boost for the local economy” by Environment & Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Culbin survey to improve visitor experience

Forestry Commission Scotland is carrying out a survey in and around Culbin Forest to find out how the visitor experience there might be improved.

Close Shave for 3 Quines

Three women in Forestry Commission Scotland’s Huntly based team have so far raised 2000 for north east cancer charities by having their heads shaved.

Helping people discover the wonder of sea eagles

A programme of activities to encourage more people to come and watch magnificent white-tailed sea eagles in Fife forests was launched today (Monday 21 July 2014).

Forestry Commission Scotland steps up precautionary measures for a potential tree pest

Forestry Commission Scotland is stepping up its precautionary surveillance of a comparatively recently discovered moth in Scotland until more is known about its status and its potential to cause extensive damage to pine trees in current and predicted future Scottish conditions.

Dalavich Improvement Group Applies to NFLS for hydro scheme

Dalavich Improvement Group (DIG) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to lease 4.5 hectares of land in Dalavich Oakwoods, nr Taynuilt, for a run-of-river hydro scheme

Enzie Crossroads Community Woodland Association apply to purchase woodland at Longhill, Moray

Enzie Crossroads Community Woodland Association (ECCWA)has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase 3 hectares of woodand at Longhill, Moray.

Barr Parish Development Co, apply to NFLS

Barr Parish Development Co. Ltd. (BPDC) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase land and buildings at Dinmurchie, Barr, in Ayrshire.

Tree-mendous! Over 9 million visits to Scotland’s national forests

A recent survey carried out by Forestry Commission Scotland has revealed that 9.1 million visits are made to the National Forest Estate every year.

Forestry Commission Scotland blasts irresponsible mountain bikers

Forestry Commission Scotland is calling for help in bringing to book vandals who are damaging a 4000 year-old burial cairn.

Cuningar Loop mobile museum and exhibition goes on the road

James Winnett, Cuningar Loop’s artist in residence, has created a mobile museum of unearthed artefacts found among rubble of the former landfill site, which will be exhibited at GREEN2014 from 15th July –26th August at The Lighthouse.

Webcam ospreys back on for viewing

Up to date footage of Tweed Valley ospreys rearing their chicks can once again be seen at the two viewing centres at Glentress Forest and Kailzie Gardens.

New all-abilities trail opened at Achnabreac

Forestry Commission Scotland has just opened a new all-abilities trail in Kilmichael Forest which takes in stunning scenery and highlights the area’s famous cup and ring marked stones.

Minister launches blueprint for sustainable deer management on the national forest estate

Environment & Climate Change Minister today (Friday 4 July) visited Scone Game Fair and highlighted the need for effective and responsible deer management across Scotland.

Budding business opportunity at Donview

Budding business magnates looking for a place to start up their first enterprise are being offered two surplus buildings at Donview.

Drama continues over Mull sea chick’s fall from nest

Dramatic webcam footage has revealed that the famous BBC Springwatch sea eagle chick was pushed out of the nest by another immature eagle.

Corniehaugh 'consultation update' meeting

Forestry Commission Scotland is to hold a consultation update day next month (Wednesday 16 July) to outline its management plan for Corniehaugh in the Deveron valley, Rothiemay.

Morvern Community Woodlands (Company) Community Acquisition Application to Purchase Land at Achnaha, nr Lochaline

Morvern Community Woodlands (Company) (MCW) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase 8 hectares of woodland at Achnaha, on the Morvern peninsula.

Webcam eagle chick takes a tumble

An urgent rescue mission to save the famous BBC sea eagle chick after it fell 30 feet from its nest has had a successful ending.

Drynachan Forest Roadside Rhododendron clearance

Forestry Commission Scotland is advising road users and local residents of traffic management that will be in place on the A82 just north of Invergarry for one week from 7th of July.

Woodland art day to ease move for primary pupils

Pupils from five Aberdeenshire primary schools will get the chance to create and install their own “Magic Forest” artworks when they take part in a community art project.

Action to tackle anti-social behaviour in Galloway’s forests

Police Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland are teaming up to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Galloway Forest Park ahead of the summer season.

New school with green fingers wins national award

An Irvine primary school that has only been occupied for 18 months has got off to a flying start and won a prestigious national award.

Commission calls for help against fly-tippers

Forestry Commission Scotland is calling on members of the public to help combat fly-tippers.