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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,...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


05 September 2019

Delivering the Forestry Strategy for Scotland

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, today (Thursday 5 Sept) announced the formation of a stakeholder reference group to advise on an implementation plan for Scotland’s Forestry Strategy. The group, consisting of a range of forestry interests, draws on expertise in the economic, environmental and social drivers and benefits identified in the...


28 August 2019

Experts predict an impressive year for autumn colour

Great news for autumn lovers, experts from Forestry England are predicting a fantastic autumn, with an impressive display of vibrant autumn colours that will start now and continue right through to mid-November. For spectacular autumn colour, trees need a healthy balance of sunlight and rain to produce sugars, which create the...


27 August 2019

Bumper seed crop underpins climate emergency effort

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, joined Forestry and Land Scotland staff to collect a valuable Scottish resource – tree seeds. In a bumper year for cones and tree seed, it is estimated that the available Sitka spruce seed for collection in FLS seed orchards could be valued in the region of...


16 August 2019

New Commercial Manager for Maelor Forest Nurseries

Maelor Forest Nurseries is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Hardy as their new Commercial Manager with effect from 1 September 2019.Chris joined the team as a Technical Trainee at Maelor in August 2011 after graduating from Lancaster University. He became Technical Manager in 2017 and is currently in...


06 August 2019

Scottish Government fund alleviates pressures from timber lorries

Increasing the levels of community, social and environmental benefit will be the main gain from £6.6 million of Scottish Government funding for projects that minimise the impact of timber lorries on Scotland’s rural road network. Some of the main regions to benefit are Argyll (£1.78 million), Perth and Kinross (£795,910), Highland...


06 August 2019

Six forests of the UK feature on new Royal Mail special stamps

Royal Mail today revealed a set of six Special Stamps that capture beautiful and inspirational views of forests from across the four countries of the UK. Valued for their environmental benefits, such as cleaner air, flood prevention and providing habitats for wildlife, the UK's forests generate hundreds of...


01 August 2019

Forestry England approved as new apprenticeship employer-provider

Forestry England is now a DfE approved apprenticeship employer-provider, delivering the Level 2 Forest Operative Apprenticeship to prepare its own apprentices for a career in forestry. The move is helping the organisation develop its workforce by providing essential skills within an environment that promotes and prioritises excellent health and safety...