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News releases - 2014



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.


The Scottish Wildlife Trust apply to purchase woodland at Barracks, Rannoch

The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase 4,487 hectares of woodland at Barracks, Rannoch.


The Embo Trust (Urras Euraboil) apply to purchase land in Fourpenny Plantation, Embo, near Dornoch

The Embo Trust (Urras Euraboil) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase a recently-felled area of Fourpenny Plantation. The area amounts to approximately 17 hectares.


Corniehaugh 'consultation update'

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting local groups and individuals to offer comment on the latest draft plans for the proposed land management plan for Corniehaugh in the Deveron valley, Rothiemay.


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).


New app solves problem of identifying young trees and shrubs

A new app-based field guide from the Forestry Commission has been launched to help identify almost 100 tree and shrub seedlings under one year old that are commonly found in British woods and forests.


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.

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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.


WHISPERS IN THE WOODS

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.


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.


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.


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.