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New native woodland in Galloway Forest Park

We have taken inspiration from Europe’s mountain areas, treeline woodland and montane scrub habitat to create a new native woodland at on Bennan Hill and the lower slopes of Benyellary in Galloway Forest Park. We are aiming to enhance the whole of the area in terms of wildlife and landscape.



Youth employment skills training

Our Employment Skills Programme works with young people who are furthest from the job market, many have had chaotic lifestyles and have to deal with learning difficulties, drug and alcohol issues, homelessness, criminal records and workless families. The programme is designed to equip them with skills training, work experience and formal qualifications in order to help them gain paid employment.

Training in the outdoors has a very positive effect in terms of delivering technical skills, as well as other skills including: communication; team work; increasing self confidence; and self belief.

Green Action Angels

Green action angels


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