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Kilpatrick Hills walking link to John Muir Way

The Kilpatrick Hills offers a taste of the Highlands on Glasgow's doorstep, just nine miles from the city centre with spectacular views over Glasgow and the River Clyde, as well as hill walking and bike-riding and the chance to spot red deer, otters and ospreys.

 An urban view


White-tailed sea eagle success

The National Forest Estate is home to many treasured species of wildlife – from colourful dragonflies to majestic red deer to rare white-tailed sea eagles. Forests are great places for wildlife providing lots of different habitats, from the airy canopy to sheltered forest floors.

The forest provides a home for wildlife


Queen’s View Visitor Centre shortlisted for award

We are proud that our recently refurbished Queen's View Visitor Centre has been shortlisted for the prestigious Association of Heritage Interpretation 'Discover Heritage 2015' awards.

Queen's View postbox


A ‘garden room’ at Ninewells Hospital

The Ninewells greening project set out to demonstrate how to create a green, health promoting hospital. This ground breaking project shows that with good design and access improvements, hospital grounds can be used by everyone for physical activity, recreation, recuperation, viewing nature or simply to spend time relaxing or convalescing.

Ninewells panorama


Greening Possilpark health and care centre

The North of Glasgow is a built up area with a priority for creating high quality greenspace. Working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde we transformed vacant and derelict land adjacent to, and just behind Possilpark Health and Care Centre.

We wanted to create a community resource that would benefit the local community, patients and people working in the health centre.

Previously the site was an eye sore with fly tipping and littering.

Possil health centre before makeover


Art and archaeology in Scotland’s woodlands

Scotland's woodlands are home to many treasured species and places – including many historic and archaeological features with an abundance of colourful, incredible and tragic stories to tell, from as far back as the last ice age right up to the 20th Century.

Our historic environment programme includes a wide range of sustainable conservation management from path repair on ancient duns and hillforts to masonry consolidation of 18th century military bridges. But we also find time to celebrate our cultural heritage – and always try to find creative ways to do so...

Achlain Bridges


Cattle conservation grazing project

Protecting and managing our iconic landscapes requires some innovative thinking. In several sites across Scotland, we revived old forest management techniques to tackle a range of land use issues.

First Cross Heifer


Women in forestry

Forestry is traditionally thought of as a male dominated field. However, women have played an important role in the forest industry for many years and now, for the first time, four of the senior leaders in Scottish public sector forestry are women.

The history of women in forestry stems back to 1942 when the Women's Timber Corps was formed as part of the Women's Land Army. The 'Lumberjills' replaced the men who had answered the call to war, carrying out the arduous tasks of felling, snedding, loading lorries and trains and sawmilling timber all over Scotland. The Women's Timber Corps was disbanded in 1946.

lumberjills at a sawmill


Urban Makeover – from bus park to vibrant greenspace

Making places nicer to live and work is at the heart of the work we do, so transforming some vacant and derelict land in an urban area into a high quality greenspace community park was challenge we just couldn't turn down.

Camlachie – in the East End of Glasgow – has been consistently identified as one of Scotland's most deprived communities. Despite the housing area being completely regenerated, the community still had no access to green or open space. In the heart of a residential area lies a former bus park for Celtic Football Club – an unsightly space that provided no benefit to local people.

Our aim was to transform this into a place that improved local people's quality of life, encouraged healthy lifestyles and outdoor activity as well as providing habitat and wildlife benefits.

View of camlachie