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Celebrating the hidden success story of Scottish forestry

Scottish forestry and its contribution to the economy was celebrated at a reception for MSP’s in the Scottish Parliament last week (27 Jan).

It came on the back of a report (Nov 2015) that revealed the hidden success story that is Scotland’s forestry sector, which contributed nearly £1 billion to the economy through forest management, timber processing and recreation.


New survey techniques helped piece together the historic environment at Wilsontown Ironworks

Innovative new survey techniques helped piece together the historic environment at the 18th century ironworks of Wilsontown in Lanarkshire – one of the best presented and most accessible industrial archaeological landscapes in Scotland.

Many items were made at Wilsontown, including this cannonball.  They produced several cast iron items, including 'shot', and at one time Wilsontown had a contract with the Royal Navy to supply them shot for their cannons.

cannonball made at wilsontown


A day in the life of an Environment Manager

Neil McInnes is Environment Manager for North Highland Forest District, based in Golspie. This is a role that has it all – from ospreys and wildcats to bog restoration and cattle grazing projects. Neil will take you on a journey through some of his career highlights and favourite places – find out where the first tree planting in Scotland for the Forestry Commission took place in 1919 and what it is like to come within a metre of a Capercaillie during a lek.

Neil McInnes


Loch Lomond: a year in the wild

‘Loch Lomond: a year in the wild’ is a new nature documentary produced by Tigress and Group M Entertainment that was filmed in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The filming took place over a year – often in secret locations – and was shown on Channel 5 as a series of four films, following wildlife throughout the seasons. It is a story of birth and death, predators and prey, struggle and survival, in one of Britain’s wildest places.


Celebrating 10 years of our Woods In and Around Towns programme

We are celebrating 10 successful years of our Woods In and Around Towns WIAT) initiative. This innovative programme aims to improve the quality of life for people living and working in urban Scotland by making woodlands more welcoming, particularly in some of Scotland's most socially deprived communities.


Annual Review 2014-15

We have recently published our two Annual Reviews for 2014-15. One covers the National Forest Estate and the other Forestry Commission Scotland. Each review showcases the highlights of our work over the financial year (31 March 2014 - 1 April 2015).

loch katrine


Woodland makeover for University Ayr and Ailsa

A four year project at University Hospital Ayr and Ailsa has transformed the hospital grounds into a place for people to use for physical activity, relaxation and recuperation.

teaching circle


Accolade for the Great Trossachs Forest

We are excited that the Great Trossachs Forest – in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - has received the National Nature Reserve accolade. It is also the largest NNR in the UK at over 16,000 hectares – an area almost as big as Glasgow, or 22,000 football pitches!

The National Nature Reserve accolade is awarded to sites that are managed both for the conservation of important species or habitats, and to help people enjoy nature.

family walking 


Milestone for the A82 project

The final tree felling work at Glen Righ near Fort William is now complete and marks a big milestone in the A82 project - one of our most challenging projects to date. 

glen righ jan keeping road clean