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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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


13 January 2020


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...