Category: Forestry


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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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