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News releases - 2014



Hunt on for Winning Woods

Businesses, school, communities and individuals are being urged to find out if their woodland is one of the best!


New caterers to start at Kirroughtree centre

Forestry Commission Scotland has appointed Churchill Catering Ltd to run the café services at Kirroughtree visitor centre.


Starter farm tenants meet to boost their business

Tenants from all seven Forestry Commission Scotland starter farms came together last week for a forum to share their experiences and help to develop their farming businesses.


Effort in disease fight praised

Forestry Commission Scotland has extended its thanks to woodland owners and managers across Scotland for their huge level of cooperation and support in working to help slow the spread of Phytophthora ramorum on larch.


Get into the Christmas spirit at Blairadam Forest

Combine a trip to pick up your perfect Christmas tree with a beautiful winter walk with the family at Blairadam Forest, near Kelty.


Kilfinan Community Forest Company apply to purchase Upper Acharossan Forest

Kilfinan Community Forest Company (KCFC) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase approximately 432 hectares of woodland at Upper Acharossan, near Tighnabruaich.


Forestry Commission Scotland again meets UKWAS standards

Forestry Commission Scotland has recently been re-audited against the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard – and passed with flying colours.


Christmas tree magic at Tyrebagger

Forestry Commission Scotland’s team in Moray and Aberdeenshire has geared up to focus its expertise on helping people choose their perfect Christmas tree.


National Tree Dressing 2014 event at Bluebell Woods

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting families and locals to join them for their multi-cultural, interactive tree dressing event at Bluebell Woods, Johnstone on Saturday 6 December 2014.


John Muir Way path extension through Kilpatrick Hills gets funding

Funding has been secured to develop a five kilometre path extension to the John Muir Way that will take walkers and cyclists up on to the Kilpatrick Hills.


Work starts on Cuningar Loop’s bike skills park

Forestry Commission Scotland’s £5.7 million Cuningar Loop project that is transforming 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into an attractive woodland park is all set for work to start on the design and build of the bike skills park in the activity zone.


Focus on farm woodland to boost economic value of forests

Farmers across Central Scotland, Ayrshire and Fife are being urged to consider woodland management and planting to help improve farm incomes and boost the region’s economy.


Christmas is coming to The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Aberfoyle

It’ll soon be the time to start gearing up for Christmas – and Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting everyone to come along to The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre and choose their real Christmas tree.


Forestry Commission Scotland cattle score top price

The success of Forestry Commission Scotland’s conservation grazing project has had a welcome endorsement recently – when the sale of 24 first cross heifers brought in the top price of the day.


Native Woodland Survey of Scotland wins Innovation Award

Forestry Commission Scotland’s eight year project to survey all of Scotland’s native woodlands has won first prize in the Innovation category at this year’s RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.


Strategic Plans To Guide Future Management of the National Forest Estate

Forestry Commission Scotland has published ten refreshed strategic plans describing how its locally based teams around the country will manage the estate over the next three years.


Santa makes welcome return to Bin Forest

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting children of all ages to come to the Bin Forest on Saturday 6 December - and visit Santa.


Communities liaison set to get even better

Forestry Commission Scotland will build on its existing work with local communities to derive increased benefit from the National Forest Estate, thanks to a recently completed ‘health check’ on community engagement.


Volunteers boost wildlife at Heathhall

A Dumfries based company has teamed up with Forestry Commission Scotland in an effort to boost wildlife in Heathhall Woodland.


Lumberjill shares stories on Armistice Day

One of Scotland’s oldest ‘lumberjills’ today met with her modern day counterparts from Forestry Commission Scotland to recount her fond memories of working in the Women’s Timber Corp, back in the 1940s.


A new vision for Drumchapel Woods

Forestry Commission Scotland is seeking views from local people on the woodlands it manages around Drumchapel.


A new vision for Auchenshuggle Woods

Forestry Commission Scotland is seeking views from local people on Auchenschuggle Woods.


New bat boxes for Deuchny Wood

One of Perth’s most popular recreational woodlands has taken on a new role as a biodiversity hotspot.


Forestry Commission Scotland appoint new forester for Fife and Clackmannanshire

Forestry Commission Scotland has appointed forester, Andrew Clark as the new Community, Recreation and Tourism manager for Fife and Clackmannanshire.


New wildlife hide for Mull

A new wildlife hide has opened at Forestry Commission Scotland’s picnic site at Fishnish.


Scottish Native Woodlands dataset online

An online tool that offers an overview of Scotland’s Native woodlands is now available on Scotland’s Environment web pages.


Glen Righ landslips not result of forestry felling

Following the success of a massive operation to clear landslip debris from the A82 at Glen Righ, Forestry Commission Scotland’s Civil Engineers have identified the cause of the problem - a series of landslips on the open hill above the forest.


Tree felling at Heathhall woodland

Tree felling is to commence at one of Dumfries’ popular recreation hotspots on Monday 3rd November.


Trail rebuild project at Bennachie

Forestry Commission Scotland is closing sections of one of the most popular trails on Bennachie – to carry out a £20,000 rebuild.


Scottish Woodfuel sector update meeting

Biomass suppliers and the owners and operators of biomass installations are being urged to attend a free seminar at Stirling Auction Mart next month (5 November) to learn about important industry developments coming into effect in 2015.


Tree felling work to begin at Glentress

Forestry Commission Scotland will be starting an eight month tree felling programme at Glentress Forest and is urging visitors to follow the diversion signs on biking and walking trails.


Pupils celebrate new High Route on The Great Glen Way

A school group from Glenurquhart Primary School visited the High Route on The Great Glen Way last week to see a new “troll” bridge they helped design.


Leanachan Masterplan takes another step forward

Forestry Commission Scotland and Highlands & Islands Enterprise are inviting local people, businesses and communities to give their feedback on the completed Leanachan Masterplan.


Ord Hill fire averted

Forestry Commission Scotland staff are urging forest visitors to use some common sense when out and about after firemen had to be called out to deal with a ‘rogue’ campfire.


Wood Market is “Tree-mendous”

This year’s Wood Market in Peebles plans to be the best ever with a huge range of activities and wood products on offer.


Path repairs to loch side route

Forestry Commission Scotland has completed £230,000 of path upgrade work along the West Highland Way at Loch Lomond-side.


Greenspace funding available to transform central belt

Projects that breathe new life into vacant and derelict land, boost active travel and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities can now share in a £500,000 cash boost.


Another top award for Mull Eagle Watch

The popular Mull Eagle Watch project has scooped the prestigious 5 Star Wildlife Experience award from VisitScotland.


A new vision for Easterhouse Woods

Forestry Commission Scotland is seeking views from local people on the five woodlands it manages around Easterhouse.


Study to gauge economic impact of Scotland’s forest industries

Scotland’s forest industries are being urged to take part in a survey that aims to establish an updated picture of forestry’s contribution to the Scottish economy.


Dunnottar and Denlethen Tree felling work

In a bid to help ensure visitor safety during tree felling operations, Forestry Commission Scotland is advising everyone coming to Dunnottar and Denlethen forests to observe all signage.