Another decade of forest destruction say campaigners over Cop26 ‘pledge’

The first major leader’s announcement from COP26 pledging to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030 has been criticised by campaigners who say it doesn’t go far enough and question if even that will be honoured. More than 100 world leaders representing over 85% of the world’s forests pledged they will commit to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030. £8.75 billion of public funds … Continue reading Another decade of forest destruction say campaigners over Cop26 ‘pledge’

Biodiversity SoS: ‘Nature is disappearing from our lives right in front of our eyes’

In just 497 words, the opening remarks of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 report sums up the global need to protect our biodiversity. It is urgent, detailed, sobering. Entitled simply ‘Bring nature back into our lives‘ – the draft report will be considered at the European Commission today. And what happens then, could help define our futures for generations to come. It is an … Continue reading Biodiversity SoS: ‘Nature is disappearing from our lives right in front of our eyes’

Dramatic images show wildfire damage amid new calls for public to follow warnings

Forestry and Land Scotland have released a series of dramatic images showing the extent of damage caused by wildfires after 10 of its own properties were among those hit over the past fortnight.

It also led to renewed calls for members of the public to do more to prevent sparking fires as emergency services find themselves stretched trying to control the devastation.

One incident in the north east of Scotland burned ground vegetation over an area equal to ten times the size of a football pitch and required the deployment of nine SFRS vehicles and over 60 fire fighters for approximately six hours. Continue reading “Dramatic images show wildfire damage amid new calls for public to follow warnings”

Forest Enterprise Scotland orders emergency tree felling over killer disease

AN outbreak of a deadly tree killing disease will see part of one of Scotland’s best loved forests closed next month as experts try to contain its spread.

Dog walkers, tourists and trekkers are also being urged to take preventative measures to help control the outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum.

The discovery in the Argyll Forest Park is so severe, that workers are being drafted in to fell affected timbers.  Continue reading “Forest Enterprise Scotland orders emergency tree felling over killer disease”

Search is on to discover where Scotland’s Tree of the Year 2018 will be

THE HUNT for Scotland’s Tree of the Year 2018 is underway after The Woodlands Trust issued a call for nominations.

Previous winners include the Suffragette Oak in Glasgow, The “Ding Dong” Tree in Prestonpans in East Lothian and The Big Tree in Kirkwall, Orkney.

The winning tree will receive a £1000 care award thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Continue reading “Search is on to discover where Scotland’s Tree of the Year 2018 will be”

Branching Out hits milestone of forests helping people cope with mental health

A PROJECT that uses Scotland’s woodlands to help ease mental health issues is celebrating its tenth year.

Branching Out – an award winning well-being programmed by Forestry Commission Scotland – hits the milestone this month.

The pioneering 12-week programme is designed to help improve people’s confidence, mental wellbeing and communication skills through a range of outdoor activities. Continue reading “Branching Out hits milestone of forests helping people cope with mental health”

Scottish Forestry creation at highest level since 2001, says Rural Economy minister

SCOTTISH forestry creation is now at its highest level in 17 years, the Rural Economy Secretary told a conference in Inverness yesterday.

Fergus Ewing said 300 new community projects were approved in the last year alone with a further 800 Forestry Grant Scheme contracts awarded.

And he hailed an increase in the project’s budget from £40m to £46m as key. Continue reading “Scottish Forestry creation at highest level since 2001, says Rural Economy minister”

Innovation for Change line-up revealed by Institute of Chartered Foresters

A MAJOR conference looking at innovation in the UK’s forestry and aboriculture has revealed details of their Edinburgh conference.

John Deere Forestry and Microsoft have been confirmed in the line-up for the event on May 2 and 3 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

It will also host this year’s ICF annual general meeting. Continue reading “Innovation for Change line-up revealed by Institute of Chartered Foresters”

Carron Valley groups get go ahead for community woodland transfer

FOREST Enterprise Scotland has approved plans to transfer land to create a new community woodland in the Carron Valley.

The move will be made under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS)

The plans, proposed by community body Valley Renewables Group (VRG) and supported by the Community Council and local residents, will develop a woodland area for local events and provide walking and adventure trails.    Continue reading “Carron Valley groups get go ahead for community woodland transfer”

Exotic trees putting Caledonian pine at risk says new study by scientists

SCIENTISTS are calling for some non indigenous trees to be removed from forests in Scotland and potentially banned from being planted at all to help save under threat native species.

They warn exotic pine tree species planted next to native Scots Pine forests increase the risk of disease to native trees,ccording to a new study.

And they say remedial action has to be taken to preserve the Caledonian forest family. Continue reading “Exotic trees putting Caledonian pine at risk says new study by scientists”

Native Scottish species added to the UK National Tree Seed Project vaults

A CHARITY says it is helping secure the future of Scotland’s native trees by giving seeds to the first national collection of its kind in the UK.

Trees for Life says it has donated the equivalent of 160,000 Scottish trees to the special underground vault being established by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

They includes a unique collection of ash seeds, known as keys, harvested from the most northerly ash wood in Britain at Rassal in the Highlands. Continue reading “Native Scottish species added to the UK National Tree Seed Project vaults”

Forestry funds to be reinvested in sector after amendment to Bill is agreed

ALL money raised from Scotland’s National Forestry Estate will be reinvested in the industry here in Scotland, after a new amendment to a Bill going through parliament was agreed. Scottish Greens Rural Communities spokesperson John Finnie MSP argued that funds raised by the National Forestry Estate (NFE) in the disposal of any of its property should be reinvested in forestry. Current it can be spent … Continue reading Forestry funds to be reinvested in sector after amendment to Bill is agreed

Forestry communities’ worth to Scotland ‘incalculable’ says Fergus Ewing

SCOTLAND’S rural affairs secretary has hailed the importance of woodlands to the nation’s communities as ‘incalculable’.

Fergus Ewing MSP, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, said: “Forestry and timber is worth £1 billion annually to Scotland’s economy and employs more than 25,000 people.

“But its wider social, educational and environmental value to communities and individuals is incalculable.” Continue reading “Forestry communities’ worth to Scotland ‘incalculable’ says Fergus Ewing”

Woodlands Trust names West Lothian man as their volunteer of the year

A VOLUNTEER who began tidying up his local woods because he was ‘appalled’ by the levels of litter has been named volunteer of the year at a prestigious awards night.

Andy Black, a volunteer warden from Livingston, West Lothian, was presented with the award from the Woodland Trust at a ceremony at Belton Woods’ hotel in Grantham.

He won the Hazel Award – one of ten accolades given at the  volunteer award ceremony. Continue reading “Woodlands Trust names West Lothian man as their volunteer of the year”

Forest Enterprise Scotland offers new roles for Modern Apprentices

FOREST Enterprise Scotland says it is on the hunt for eight new Modern Apprentices to begin a career with them in forestry. New recruits will learn forestry skills ranging from tree planting, felling and forest surveying right through to organising community recreation events. A similar scheme between 2006 and 2016 saw women account for around a quarter of forestry roles previously. Based in the south … Continue reading Forest Enterprise Scotland offers new roles for Modern Apprentices

Heart of Scotland Forest dream may once have looked like a mountain to climb … but step by step the fairy hill tale comes true

SIX organisations who are working together to create a new ‘wild wood’ in Highland Perthshire have released a video explaining their plans as part of a £50,000 fundraising drive.

The Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership appeal hopes to breathe new life into the native species elbowed out by only remaining clumps of willow and non-native conifers.

The John Muir Trust, Forest Enterprise, Scottish Wildlife Trust, The Woodlands Trust Scotland and Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust are working with Kynachan Estate to create the expanse.

Continue reading “Heart of Scotland Forest dream may once have looked like a mountain to climb … but step by step the fairy hill tale comes true”

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation funding boost for Edinburgh Napier University led mangrove forest project

ENVIRONMENTALIST Leonardo DiCaprio is backing an Edinburgh research project to save mangrove forests in Africa with a near £40,000 grant.

The Hollywood actor announced Edinburgh Napier University is to receive £37,000 from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

It will be put towards the Mikoko Pamojo project – Mangroves Together – working near Mombassa to help locals maintain and develop the forests.

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Chance to save ancient Caledonian Forest Scots pines takes root as Trees for Life restoration campaign gets underway

A NEW campaign is underway to save the last of the nation’s great ancient Scots pines across the Highlands – the origins of which could very well date back as far as the Ice Age.

The Caledonian Pinewood Recovery Project hope to nurture new growth alongside the old surviving trees – some of which are more than 200 years old.

Trees for Life, behind the scheme, say only some 42,000 acres of the original Caledonian pinewoods remain in 84 fragments.

Continue reading “Chance to save ancient Caledonian Forest Scots pines takes root as Trees for Life restoration campaign gets underway”

Mikoko Pamoja project wins UN Equator Prize 2017 as Edinburgh Napier University hailed for conservation work

SCOTS based scientists working with Kenyans to protect under-threat mangrove forests are to be honoured with an award by the United Nations in New York today. The team from Edinburgh Napier University have been named winners of the Equator Prize 2017 by the UN Development Programme. They will receive a $10,000 (£7400) prize towards their efforts. It recognises their work with Kenyans preserving carbon traps … Continue reading Mikoko Pamoja project wins UN Equator Prize 2017 as Edinburgh Napier University hailed for conservation work

Forestry Commission Scotland champions unveiled to take engagement into central belt communities

THIRTEEN new faces have just been unveiled as community champions for Forestry Commission Scotland

They will push events, woodland activities and talk to members of the public as part of the Volunteer Community Champion programme.

It is run in partnership with the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector with a goal to help educate people from diverse backgrounds.

Continue reading “Forestry Commission Scotland champions unveiled to take engagement into central belt communities”