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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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28 January 2020

Attracting new talent to the forestry industry

If you enjoy encouraging and motivating people and would like to share your knowledge with our future forestry workforce, then a new mentoring scheme from Lantra Scotland could be just what you’re looking for. Recent research has highlighted an increasing need for new talent in forestry over the next 10 years,...

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24 January 2020

Committee on Climate Change Land Use Report Released

The UK has committed to becoming a Net Zero economy by 2050. Meeting that goal requires a transformation in land use across the UK. Government must confront the rapid changes that are now needed, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says in its first ever in-depth advice on UK agricultural...

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21 January 2020

Ash dieback project launches International Year of Plant Health

Three thousand trees have been planted in Hampshire as part of a pioneering project to tackle the devastating tree disease, Ash Dieback. The UK’s first Ash Archive has been established using £1.9 million of government funding and is the culmination of projects spanning 5 years to identify ash with a high...

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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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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...