- Tuesday, 05 July 2016
If you have ever visited a woodland not long after harvesting machinery has been on site, you’ve probably wondered about the mess that is left behind and why we don’t clean it up. Choosing to leave the 'mess' is actually a deliberate decision as it benefits the forest ecosystem and biodiversity.
- Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Volunteer Community Champions has launched its second year of the 10 month programme. The woodland programme is designed to train up to 12 community volunteer champions to engage with community groups in Central Scotland, helping to break down barriers to access in local woodlands.
- Wednesday, 01 June 2016
Few jobs are more dangerous than forestry – but it’s more than trees and saws that put workers on edge.
“If this was a rifle range, would you come down here?”
The children’s Easter club are here to see machines. They’ve come to watch forestry in action. Allan works the harvester while his son Ross steers the forwarder. Our recreation forester Katie hopes the demo will help the kids 'get' it.
They pass round a sheet of bullet proof glass. Embedded in it is a piece of metal – the jetsam of a forestry harvester mechanical fault shot at lethal velocity. A bullet in disguise.
- Thursday, 26 May 2016
Our innovative Branching Out programme recently celebrated a milestone with 200 groups (nearly 1,800 people) having completed the programme since 2007.
- Monday, 16 May 2016
Ruari Watt is a Recreation Ranger for Lochaber Forest District. Ruari is passionate about the outdoors and loves to help others get the best experience out of a forest visit. Here he tells us about his work to restore pinewoods, training volunteers in conservation work and mountain tourism, and the best place to visit in the area.
- Tuesday, 10 May 2016
The National Forest Estate is a magical place to visit, boasting everything from rare species of animals, to stunning views and exciting activities to take part in. One of our aims is for all visitors, whatever their age or ability, to experience and enjoy the benefits offered by woodlands, so we embarked on a project to review how accessible our trails and visitor sites were.
- Friday, 18 March 2016
Concrete and semi-ancient woodland aren't often in the same space. The unforgiving material of inner-city high rises is the last thing you'd expect to find in a forest. This is what makes Kilmahew St. Peter’s – Scotland’s most significant modernist ruin – so intriguing.
From dense greenery, grey slabs erupt from the soft earth. Cylinders tower over ancient trees. Nature's scale is outdone by man. In this conflict, you are transposed – out of time, out of place, out of reality.
- Monday, 14 March 2016
The National Forest Estate is a valuable national asset, providing recreation opportunities, supporting landscape scale restoration projects, wildlife conservation efforts, renewables development and community initiatives whilst producing millions of tonnes of timber a year.
A new report published today reveals that the National Forest Estate is generating £395 million Gross Value Added every year for the Scottish economy – that’s more than £1 million each day to support industry, jobs and many rural communities. Forestry and timber processing accounts for £285 million and tourism and recreation £109.6 million.
- Wednesday, 02 March 2016