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Review of forestry planting approval procedures June 2017

Jim Mackinnon submitted his up-dated review of progress in implementing the recommendations to reduce the complexity, duration and cost of woodland creation applications.



Dog owners should visit local woodlands and green space to boost health

New research has shown how dog owners can keep themselves and their dogs happier and healthier by walking more often in woods around towns and cities. 

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Forestry: Adding Value

As part of the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund we joined forces with Soil Association Scotland to hold a practical day looking at how farms can improve integration between farming and forestry as well as reap the benefits of managing their woodland.

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Open days highlight careers available in Scotland's forests

School pupils and members of the public enjoyed two open days recently that highlighted the range of careers and activities available in Scotland’s forests.

Pupils from Aboyne Academy, Grantown Grammar, Inverness High School,  Kingussie and Millburn Academy took part in a range of workshops and craft sessions and watched demonstrations that included tree-climbing, green woodworking, dendrochronology activities and making bug hotels.

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Review of forestry planting approval procedures

Reducing the complexity, duration and cost of woodland creation applications is our aim following a review of the process by Jim Mackinnon CBE.  This will help boost our aim to increase woodland creation and meet the new goals laid out in the climate change plan.

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Borders pet rescue tree planting day

Over 1,300 trees were planted in four hours by the Borders Pet Rescue in Earlston, in the borders.

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Civil Engineering Foundation Apprentices make a valuable contribution to Culloden Woods

A group of civil engineering foundation apprentices lent their skills to Forest Enterprise Scotland in a hands-on bridge improvement project.

The nine first and second year students (S5 and S6 school pupils) carried out surveying and design work using Computer Aided Design (CAD) on two foot-bridges within Culloden Woods, assessing the bridges and putting forward their recommendations for restoration.

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Top spot for our Forest Craftsperson Apprentice

Emma Staniforth, Forest Craftsperson Apprentice based in our Dumfries and Borders Office scooped two awards at the Lantra Scotland awards.

Emma, who had no practical experience of forestry before joining Forestry Commission Scotland in August 2014, was crowned overall Learner of the Year, as well as picking up the Trees and Timber Learner of the Year.

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Wildlife Crime Officers visit local primary school

Wildlife crime and the effects it can have on the local community were highlighted during primary school visits in Northern Monadhliath area.