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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,...


02 December 2018

Forest Industry Strategy to Double Economic Growth to £2 Billion

Strategy aims to boost economic growth A new ambitious forest industries strategy published today aims to double the sector’s economic growth to £2 billion a year by 2030. Launched by the Scottish Forest and Timber Technologies Industry Leadership Group (ILG), the “Roots for Further Growth” strategy sets out a long-term vision for...


27 November 2018

Writing Prizes at The Houses of Parliament

Winning Prizes at The Houses of Parliament Rob Coltman and David Pelly of Tilhill Forestry were both announced joint-third winners at Confor's Future of Forestry Writing event held on 20th November at the Houses of Parliament. The competition, sponsored by Tilhill Forestry, was designed to celebrate the contribution of young professionals...


19 November 2018

Tilhill Forestry Sponsor Forestry Excellence Awards in London

Great Expectations – Forestry Excellence Awards come to London and South East in 2019 Expectations are running high as the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) brings the Excellence in Forestry (EIF) Awards to the most densely populated region of England in 2019, London and the South East. Awards coordinator Dr Rachel Thomas says:...


16 November 2018

New Report on Land Use from the Committee on Climate Change Released

Following 99 years since the Forestry Act was created the Committee on Climate Change release a new report detailing land use, reducing emmissions and preparing for climate change. The report on how to improve land use to meet climate goals, details mitigation and adaptation objectives and discusses how land can be...


12 November 2018

Scotland’s First World War Centenary Wood

Scotland’s First World War Centenary Wood A second-generation “Tree from the Trenches” was planted at Dreghorn outside Edinburgh on Friday, completing Scotland’s First World War Centenary Wood. Volunteers and members of the armed forces community began planting Scotland’s Centenary Wood in 2014 as a living, growing memorial to all those who served...


05 November 2018

Industry leading Launch of Environmental Training Video by Tilhill Forestry

Tilhill Forestry is launching a training video on diffuse pollution for its contractors to improve environmental protection awareness and to help keep pollution prevention in forestry operations high on the Company’s agenda. A Tilhill Project Team has worked with the Airborne Lens company to capture high quality aerial drone footage and...


30 October 2018

Tilhill Forestry - £60m, it’s a drop in the ocean!

Yesterday, the government announced that £60m will be made available in order to plant more trees across England. This figure includes £10m for planting more street and urban trees with funding matched by financial contributions and assistance from local authorities, community groups and charities. The balance of £50 million has been...


26 October 2018

Tilhill Forestry Sponsors Future of Forestry

Confor has launched a writing competition designed to stimulate debate on the potential for forestry and wood processing to deliver a Green Brexit and a more sustainable society. Industry professionals and students (aged 30 and under) have been invited to write a short essay about their vision of the future -...


26 October 2018

BBC Article - 5 Cheap Ways to Remove CO2 from the Atmosphere

The BBC recently released an article written by Matt McGrath, Environment Correspondent listing 5 cheap ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. He listed: 1. Coastal blue carbon 2. Planting trees 3.Forest management 4. Agricultural practices 5. Biomass The article mentions that global deforestation has been a significant factor in driving up emissions of carbon, so researchers...


24 October 2018

New appointments to the Conifer Breeding Co-operative Board

The Conifer Breeding Co-operative is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor John MacKay PhD as their new Chairman. John secured the position following the retirement of Dr Steve Lee from his role with the Co-operative. The Conifer Breeding Co-operative is dedicated to ensuring the production of selected and improved vegetatively...