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22 May 2020

Woodland management sees red squirrels move in

The regular return of red squirrels to a local Fife woodland after an absence of many years is being taken as nature’s ‘thumbs up’ for Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) management of the woodland. The squirrel sighting - reported by a local resident who had thought to never see red squirrels back in the area in his...


30 April 2020

New business support from FLS to keep essential timber supplies flowing

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has commended Forestry and Land Scotland’s move to help suppliers weather the COVID-19 lockdown and ensure that essential timber supplies will continue to support frontline healthcare workers. Working in the spirit of Scottish Government’s supplier relief policies, FLS’s procurement, civil engineering and local teams have developed...


24 April 2020

British Woodlands Survey 2020 Launches

The British Woodlands Survey 2020 (BWS2020) has been launched and remains open until the end June. In this new survey, researchers want to understand awareness, action and aspiration among Britain’s forestry community to environmental change.  BWS2020 comes five years after the ground-breaking British Woodlands Survey of 2015 which explored the same...


14 April 2020

£10m to boost tree planting in second auction of Woodland Carbon Guarantee

£10m to boost tree planting in second auction of Woodland Carbon Guarantee     £10m available from the Woodland Carbon Guarantee’s £50m pot for farmers and land managers to create new woodlands to help tackle the effects of climate change. Applicants must apply by 5 June to qualify for the next auction starting on...


26 March 2020

Guidance Summary Page: Government and Confor Information

2 April 2020 Tilhill is constantly monitoring the information coming from Government through their daily updates and gathering as much relevent information as possible on this page. This is in order to provide everyone with an up to date one-stop-shop summary each day. We are also utilising the information provided by...


20 March 2020

Glastir Woodland Restoration Fund is Opening

Glastir Woodland Restoration Glastir Woodland Restoration Expression of Interest Window is Open until 24th of April 2020 The Glastir Woodland Restoration Scheme provides restocking grants for woodlands infected by Phytophthora ramorum and stands of larch to be replanted to help slow down the spread of the disease. When a woodland is clear-felled,...


19 March 2020

Glastir Woodland Creation Scheme Opening for Bids

Glastir Woodland Creation Grants in Wales The Glastir Woodland Creation Scheme which provides financial support for new planting is now open to farmers and landowners.  It is now a requirement to used an approved management planner such as Tilhill to submit your expression of interest.  Four different grant categories are available, each with their own...


10 March 2020

Secret WW2 bunker unearthed in Scottish Borders

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has recently unearthed a secret WW2 underground bunker whilst carrying out felling operations in the Scottish Borders. It is thought that the small bunker in Craigielands Forest, near Moffat, was used as an operational base for an Auxilliary Unit, a secret branch of the Home Guard,...


06 March 2020

New report reveals Scotland has more native woodland than was thought

Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has welcomed a new report that shows that Scotland has more native woodland than previously reported. Published as official statistics by the National Forest Inventory (NFI), the study into Woodland Ecological Condition is the largest and most in-depth assessment of the ecological condition of...


05 March 2020

Scottish Government provides £7 million for timber transport projects

Scottish Government provides £7 million for timber transport projects Fergus Ewing has reminded local authorities and land owners that they could miss out on funding support for Timber Transport projects if they don’t get application proposals in by the 9th March deadline. The Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF), managed by Scottish Forestry,...


04 March 2020

Lord Goldsmith to present #TheFutureIsForestry awards

Lord Goldsmith will present the prizes at Confor's essay and video awards at Westminster on March 24th. Six young writers and three film-makers have been shortlisted for #TheFutureIsForestry awards and will be honoured at a ceremony in the Churchill Room at the Houses of Parliament - with three prizes of £500,...


03 March 2020

Welfare, well-being, weevils and seeds

A SOUTH SCOTLAND FOREST & TIMBER TECHNOLOGIES INDUSTRY REGIONAL EVENT Wednesday 11th March 2020 Sure Queens Hotel, Old Annan Road, Lockerbie, DG11 2RB Free Buffet at 5.15pm before meeting starts at 6pm Download event flyer A mixed bag for this event, but each topic is under the limelight just now. Provision of adequate welfare facilities on...


03 March 2020

Venison supply contract good for jobs, local business and Scotland

Forestry and Land Scotland’s deer management programme was hailed as exemplary when Rural Affairs Minister, Mairi Gougeon,announced a £13 million, five-year venison supply contract between Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and Highland Game Ltd. The contract, that was competitively tendered, highlights the significant economic, social and environmental benefits of Forestry and...


03 March 2020

Plan to re-green coal sites takes another leap forward

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) programme of converting vacant and derelict land into new forests is soon to reach another major milestone this spring, when a newly remediated site is handed over for tree planting. The Piperhill site (Galloway) is undergoing the final stages of remediation. The work is being done...


02 March 2020

South Region’s Apprentices powering ahead

Trainees in the south of Scotland are going from strength to strength under Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Modern Apprentice programme. Already six out of the seven Modern Apprentices have secured full time jobs in the forestry sector. All seven are all fully certified and achieved level 5 in a SCQF...


13 February 2020

A Departing Blog by Sir Harry Studholme

Sir Harry Studholme: Forestry is about people – departing Forestry Commission People have strong views about trees. This energy is inspirational. If we can align this energy with the Forestry Commission’s expertise in partnership and delivering policies and the practical skills of the private forestry sector, we will have a powerful...


10 February 2020

Tens of thousands of city trees to be planted in first round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund

Tens of thousands of city trees to be planted in first round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund First round of successful bidders to the Urban Tree Challenge Fund announced. Projects across England have been awarded funding for new trees in towns and cities. Urban trees vital in fight against climate change and connecting...


07 February 2020

New Scottish Forestry spatial data hub

Scottish Forestry (SF) has launched a new web portal that provides access to a huge volume of information that will be helpful to foresters, land managers, developers, teachers, students, researchers and anyone with an interest in how Scotland’s land is managed. The Open Data hub, developed as part of SF’s Improvement...


05 February 2020

Sir William Worsley appointed as Forestry Commission Chair

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has confirmed Sir William Worsley as the new Chair of the Forestry Commission. The announcement comes as Sir Harry Studholme’s time as Forestry Commission Chair ends after seven years in post. Sir William will step down as the government’s Tree Champion, a position he has held since June...


04 February 2020

RFS publish position on forestry and climate change

Growing not planting trees is the key to unlock climate change benefits climate change, warns the Royal Forestry Society (RFS). The charity fears planting millions of trees risks being a short-term indulgence if we don’t then commit to long term sustainable management. And it says this must start with recognising timber...