Tales from the forest

Inspiration, stories and an insider's glimpse into the world of Scotland's forests

Tales from the forest

Welcome to the Forestry Commission Scotland blog. Here you'll find inspiration, stories and an insider's glimpse into the world of Scotland's forests.


Behind the scenes at Cuningar Loop

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We’re working in partnership with Clyde Gateway on a really exciting Legacy 2014 project that’s transforming 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into an attractive woodland park called Cuningar Loop.

We are working hard to make sure Cuningar Loop is perfect for all of our visitors. The new park is really taking shape and we can't wait to share it with you when we open later this year. We are hoping to hold 'Come and Try' events at Cuningar Loop in the late summer and will publish details on the website closer to the time.

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Spotting wildlife in Scotland’s forests

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From the glimpse of a soaring golden eagle to the sudden appearance of a majestic red deer in the woods, observing animals in their natural habitat is a magical and unforgettable experience.

Whether you’re a fan of our furry friend, the red squirrel, or fancy learning more about the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland, there are plenty of opportunities in forests up and down the country to get closer to nature.

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Spring into our Easter events

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There’s a change in the air - the daffodils are coming out in bloom, the days are getting that wee bit longer and brighter, and the kids are super excited about two whole weeks off school.

If you’re looking for something to entertain the family this Easter, look no further. Our Easter events in the forest promise to be so much fun, even the Easter bunny himself is hoping to come along…

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Snowdrops in the forest

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The official Scottish Snowdrop Festival runs from 31st January to 15th March, but snowdrops – being as versatile as they are – can pop up anywhere in the country from autumn to late spring.

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Romantic places to visit in the forest

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…

We reckon the forest is one of the romantic places to woo a loved one this February 14th, so we’ve put together a guide on the best places to take a dreamy stroll, plan a woodland wedding or even pop that all-important question!

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Year of Food & Drink: Turning junipers into gin

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2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, and we can’t wait to share some stories with you of the rich and inspiring produce that comes straight from our nation’s larder. With a forestry twist, of course.

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5 forest-inspired New Year’s resolutions

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It’s that time of year again. We’re thinking about the things we want to change, the things we could do differently, the things that will make this brand new year the best year yet. A fresh start.

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Top 10 archaeology sites in Scotland’s forests

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Scotland’s forests hold many secrets. Tales of the past echo in the stillness of the trees and ruins remain as a testament to days gone by.

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Hideous Halloween happenings...

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If you go down to the woods today, beware of a big surprise…namely, lots of spooktacular family fun in the forest!

We believe there’s nowhere better for witches, warlocks and otherworldly creatures to congregate around the scariest date on the calendar, than in the deepest, darkest depths of the forest. Which exactly is why we’ve planned some delightful Halloween shindigs for you and the little ghouls to enjoy…

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