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14 January 2020

New Awards at Confor dinner

Three new awards are to be presented at Confor’s expanded Forestry Dinner & Awards 2020 - with nominations closing on Tuesday 28th January. Along with the well-established Dedicated Service to Forestry Award, the new awards are for leadership, innovation and communication - and will be presented at The Sheraton Grand Hotel in...

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NEWS

13 January 2020

A 2020 VISION: TO FIND SCOTLAND’S FINEST FORESTS AND WOODS

The annual search to find Scotland’s finest forests and most wonderful woods has begun. Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2020 celebrates the programme’s 35th anniversary and builds on its biggest-ever year in 2019, when Fort Augustus Woodlands won the one-off 1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award. Angela Douglas, Executive Director of Scotland’s Finest Woods...

NEWS

10 January 2020

Views wanted on Scottish Forestry Corporate Plan

Anyone with an interest in the policy, support and regulation that underpins forestry in Scotland, is being invited to help shape Scottish Forestry’s (SF) first draft Corporate Plan. The draft sets out the agency’s proposed direction of travel and priorities for the next three years and outlines the organisation’s proposed focus,...

NEWS

17 December 2019

In Centenary year of public forestry in Britain - George Stewart (100th birthday) video released

In a remarkable coincidence, this year’s centenary celebrations of public forestry in Britain have been capped by the 100th birthday celebration of retired former Forestry Commissioner, George Stewart. Mr Stewart, was born in Glasgow on 12 December 1919 only three days after the newly-formed Forestry Commission planted its first trees at...

NEWS

17 December 2019

Tree planting re-enactment marks 100 Years of forestry –

Lord Lovat and Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, joined serving and retired foresters at Monaughty, Moray, to plant a tree commemorating the centenary of public forestry in Scotland. The event mirrored the planting in that forest of the first Forestry Commission tree in Scotland, by Simon Joseph Fraser the 14th Lord...

NEWS

11 December 2019

Excellence in Forestry 2020 – from Wales to Northern Ireland

The Royal Forestry Society's Excellence in Forestry Awards 2020 will be reaching across the Irish Sea for the first time as they seek to identify the very best in woodland management in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Wales. Urging owners and managers of woods of all sizes and those...

NEWS

09 December 2019

'Where we are with Elm' review released

Future Trees Trust this month announced the publishing of the 'Where we are with Elm' review. Future Trees Trust funded Karen Russell, an independent woodland management and tree improvement consultant who has spent 25+ years specialising in broadleaved trees. Karen is also a Future Trees Trust Secretary for the Cherry and...

NEWS

28 November 2019

Making the most of Scotland's tree seed

Finding a technological solution to improving the yield from Scotland’s existing seed stock has taken a step forward – with ideas put forward by five companies winning research and development funding. Announced in July 2019 as part of the Scottish Government’s CivTech® 4.0 ‘Innovation Challenge’, Forestry and Land Scotland invited individuals,...

NEWS

20 November 2019

New Chief Executive announced for Scottish Forestry

Scottish Forestry has announced that its new Chief Executive is to be Dr David Signorini. Currently Deputy Director in the Scottish Government’s Housing and Social Justice Directorate and Head of the Better Homes division, Dr Signorini will take up his duties in mid-December for a hand-over period with outgoing Chief Executive,...

NEWS

18 November 2019

International attention for deer management approach

Forestry and Land Scotland’s successful approach to deer management programme has attracted international attention. Three members of the Latvian Forestry Service recently spent three days with FLS managers looking at data, population modelling and systems associated with deer management and venison sales as well as the practicalities of deer control on...

NEWS

14 November 2019

Tilhill Forestry Sponsors The Award for Excellence in Silviculture 2020

Tilhill Forestry sponsors The Award for Excellence in Silviculture 2020 which is open to all entrants in the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Wales. Entries are welcome from all woodland owners (including Royal Forestry Society members) across the competition area.   This Award is to recognise and encourage exemplary silviculture in...

NEWS

13 November 2019

Managing England’s woodlands in a climate emergency

The Forestry Commission has published: A new climate change management guidance to provide practical advice to landowners on ways they can better manage their woodland to combat the effects of climate change. A 15 page guide covering: introduction climate change and woodland: key points likely impacts of climate change on England’s trees and woodland principles...

NEWS

04 November 2019

Government launches new scheme to boost tree-planting

The government today launched a £50 million scheme to help boost tree-planting rates in the fight against climate change. The new Woodland Carbon Guarantee will encourage farmers and landowners to plant more trees and create new woodland in return for payments as those trees grow. It gives land managers in England the...

NEWS

01 November 2019

Commemorative tree planting planned for Pollok Park

As part of events to mark the centenary of public forestry in Scotland, Glasgow’s Pollok Park will early next year see a commemorative planting of trees in honour of the 6,000 Commonwealth foresters who helped sustain the British war effort in WWII. Rural Affairs Secretary, Fergus Ewing, made the announcement during...

NEWS

01 November 2019

Eshiels’s Woodland community asset transfer set for success

Rural Economy Secretary visited Eshiels Community Woodland –  acquired earlier this year by Peebles Community Trust (PCT) – to learn first-hand of the benefits that community ownership looks set to bring. Formerly managed by Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) predecessor, Forest Enterprise Scotland, the 7 hectare site near Peebles was sold...

NEWS

28 September 2019

Forestry Statistics 2019

The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released on 26 September 2019 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. Detailed statistics are published in the web publication Forestry Statistics 2019, with an extract in Forestry Facts & Figures 2019. They include UK statistics...

NEWS

19 September 2019

Minister urges forestry sector to follow FLS lead

Rural Affairs Minister, Mairi Gougeon has called on more forestry businesses to follow Forestry and Land Scotland’s lead and do more to encourage young women into STEM related roles in the sector. Ms Gougeon urged the industry to tap into a latent pool of talent after hearing of the experience of...

NEWS

18 September 2019

Welsh Water launches free and confidential pesticide disposal

Welsh Water launches free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme to protect drinking water quality Free pesticide disposal scheme for farmers, growers and land managers across Wales Confidential scheme by Welsh Water safeguards drinking water quality before water reaches treatment works  Registration open until 30th September 2019 with participation on first come, first served...

NEWS

13 September 2019

Mysterious Glen Affric ‘Ent’ in running for tree of year award

A solitary and ancient elm tree – the only one of its kind in Glen Affric – has been nominated for this year’s Tree of the Year. The elm, the size of whose trunk suggests that it is over 300 years old, has stood, long-forgotten until a recent site visit in...

NEWS

06 September 2019

First white-tailed eagles released in conservation project set to return this lost species to England

The first white-tailed eagles to be reintroduced to England have been released on the Isle of Wight. The six young birds, the first to be returned to southern England for 240 years, are part of a five-year programme to restore this lost species led by Forestry England and the Roy...