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18 March 2019

The HS2 Woodland Fund is Back

Creating New Woodland Targeted grant funding will be available from March 2019 to March 2023 to support native woodland planting and restoration schemes within a 'green corridor' alongside the course of the railway in England. The HS2 Woodland Fund initially opened on a ‘first come, first served’ basis in February 2018, with...


13 March 2019

Funding for research to tackle weevil menace

Five companies have each been awarded up to £30,000 research funding to develop new techniques for managing the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) - the most serious pest of newly planted young trees in Scotland. The companies - applicants to an open innovation competition from Forest Enterprise Scotland and launched by...


12 March 2019


A school has been hailed as “inspirational” for two memorial tree planting projects – ahead of the annual celebration of Scotland's finest forests and most wonderful woods. St Marys School in Melrose won the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ schools category in 2018 and used the £500 prize money to plant a...


28 February 2019

Pivotal year will provide vibrant future for forestry

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has said that conditions for growth and success in the forestry and timber sector have “never been better”. The message comes in a pivotal year as forestry becomes fully devolved to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament. Speaking at this year’s Confor dinner, Mr Ewing announced a...


19 February 2019

ICF unlocking the potential of future foresters

ICF unlocking the potential of future foresters Lisa Prior, Vice President of the International Forestry Students’ Association, has been confirmed for the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) national conference in Oxford this April. Lisa will talk about how we get the next generation to connect to the outdoors in a technology...


19 February 2019

Minister sees wide benefits of modern forestry

A Scottish Government minister has today seen at first hand how large-scale tree planting is helping to protect communities from flooding - as part of a range of environmental and economic benefits delivered by modern forests in Scotland.Mairi Gougeon MSP, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, visited Jerah...


19 February 2019

Full programme for ICF national conference 2019 in Oxford

Full details of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) national conference programme are now live. With a global theme this year looking at the UK’s role in forestry worldwide, the highlights include speakers from Australia, the United States, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland and the UK. These...


15 February 2019

Power Giant Drax and Tilhill Forestry confirmed as Headline Sponsors

Drax Group and Tilhill Forestry are confirmed as the headline sponsors for the UK’s must-attend forestry conference this April in Oxford. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is also pleased to announce that its Twitter Wall sponsor, Sorbus International, and conference brochure sponsor, Forest Research, have confirmed their support for...


06 February 2019

New Forestry Strategy sets out long term vision

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, today launched a new Strategy that will help to secure the long-term success and sustainability of Scotland’s forestry sector. Scotland’s Forestry Strategy sets out the government’s approach over the next 10 years to expand, protect and enhance Scotland’s forests and woodlands. The strategy seeks...


02 February 2019

Unsung forestry heroes to be recognised

The men of the British Honduran Forestry Unit (BHFU), who travelled 5,000 miles to keep Scotland’s timber supplies alive during WW2, are to be recognised for their heroic contribution. Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, has written to the Belize High Commissioner to thank the country’s citizens for their efforts.  He has also...


31 January 2019

Scottish pine martens repopulating in Welsh mountains

Forest Enterprise Scotland staff are celebrating the success of a pine marten reintroduction programme in Wales, after helping to source and capture specimens from across Scotland. The Pine Marten Recovery Project has been led by the Vincent Wildlife Trust under licence from SNH and in full compliance with the Scottish Code...


25 January 2019

Sitka Spruced team develop forestry application summaries

The Sitka Spruced project team is releasing outreach summaries that introduce scientific techniques and their forestry applications. Each one-page document uses a combination of text and graphics to explain an aspect of science used in the Sitka Spruced project, covering topics from genomic prediction to insect resistance. Developed in collaboration...


15 January 2019

Government to help farmers tackle air pollution in new clean air strategy

The government has launched an ambitious new strategy to clean up our air - which includes a commitment to support farmers’ efforts to tackle air pollution. Agriculture is responsible for 88% of UK emissions of ammonia gas which can travel long distances, be damaging to the environment, and combine with other...


11 January 2019

Ewing signals stability and simplicity support for forestry post Brexit

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has announced action to streamline the process for forestry grant payments. He has also announced a review of the grants scheme to encourage more small scale landowners to take up grants. The measures are designed to provide more stability and simplicity for the...


02 January 2019

Communities to have greater say in protecting local trees

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced plans to create greater protections for trees in urban areas. The proposals would ensure councils can’t cut down street trees without first consulting communities. The measures reflect the important role trees in towns and cities play in improving our health and wellbeing, as well as providing...


01 January 2019

The role of urban trees and greenspaces in reducing urban air temperatures

Cities and towns are often affected by the urban heat island effect, whereby air temperatures are higher than those in surrounding rural environments. This Research Note describes the negative impact that elevated urban temperatures can have on human thermal comfort and health and how urban green infrastructure can help lessen...


14 December 2018

Biggest Ever Celebration of Scotland’s Finest Woods

A prize to celebrate 100 years since the 1919 Forestry Act is the highlight of the annual competition to find Scotland’s best and most inspiring woods. Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 will present the one-off 1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award in a year offering more prizes than ever before - including...


12 December 2018

Tilhill Forestry Contractor Wins FISA Safety Award

FISA has recently awarded two awards for safety. The Forest Industry Safety Award and the Steve Dresser Award. The latter being for an individual who has made a significant or noteworthy contribution to safety. Nominations were sought from the industry earlier this year FISA have announced the winners as follows: Steve Dresser...


11 December 2018

Nicola Sturgeon Supports Global Ambition to Restore Landscapes

First Minister commits to Bonn Challenge. A global ambition to restore landscapes and forests has been supported by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The Bonn Challenge aims to regenerate 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. Bianca Jagger, an International Union for Conservation of Nature...


04 December 2018

Women encouraged to apply for hi-tech conservation opportunities

Women encouraged to apply for hi-tech conservation opportunities Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is getting behind a Scottish Government drive to attract more women into the technology and science sectors. The move, which offers four hi-tech and science based placements, is part of a national effort to address the gender imbalance in the workplace,...